I have a chest condition known as Pectus Excavatum (sunken sternum) which I noticed I developed in my teens. Having this condition affects my confidence knowing my chest is not as it should be, so called friends make fun out it if they see it, I’m not confident taking my shirt off around other people because of it and it probably does affect my cardiovascular system from having less space around my heart & lungs although I haven’t had testing to confirm this.
Living in England, UK I was offered an operation called the NUSS procedure on the NHS, which is where a curved metal rod is inserted through one side of the ribs/chest and out through the other side, underneath the sunken part of the sternum pushing/holding it upwards into a normal developed shape. This bar is then left in on average of 3 years in hope that the chest will then mould into the flat shape.
Out of fear from my thorough research of reading into it I declined having the NUSS procedure. It is a very painful operation, and devastatingly there are cases where the bar moves out of place in those 3 years and causes damage to the lungs, nerves and heart. Some people have even had the bar taken out at the end of the 3 years or so’ of having the bar in and the chest goes back to the way it was in the first place!
I obviously didn’t want to have the risk of those things happening to me so I’ve just continued to put up with it. Anyway now to get to what I am asking help with financially.
There is another operation/procedure which fixes Pectus Excavatum called Pectus Up/Taulinoplastia, which isn’t available in England, UK it’s only in Spain. This procedure is far better than the NUSS, because instead of using a bar which goes underneath the sternum sitting above the lungs & heart, it uses a metal plate which goes on top of the sternum and the sternum is pulled up and tightened into position, so there’s no risk of damage to the internal organs like the NUSS does. Like the bar, the plate could be removed after 3 years but it can also be left in forever, in which case theres no need to be worried about the chest going back to the way it was, if the chest hadn’t solidified into the shape by the time the plate was taken out. The pain & recovery time is much less than the NUSS, but as it’s not available on the NHS. It is only available on the private health care system.
I’ve been quoted it would cost around £13,000 if done by Dr. Laureano Mollins in Teknon Barcelona. I don’t have this sort of money and probably never will do by myself. So although it may be a hell of a long shot asking for help with thousands of pounds, I’m aware there are people out there who have so much money they wouldn’t even notice much of difference in their bank account if they donated thousands of pounds. Which is what I’m hoping for could be the case with me.
What I can say is I believe my life would truly change for the better if I were able to get this Pectus Up procedure done and would just love it if my Pectus Excavatum were a thing of the past. I want to be confident in my self/body and really hope that there is someone out there that could take this burden off me once and for all.