Vacuum Bell

The vacuum bell has come a ong way since it's beginning.  Newer designs and techniques are beginning to become accepted into the surgical community.

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The idea of the vacuum bell is to pull the dented chest cavity outwards.  This is done by placing a large vacuum bell over the dent and pumping the air out.

If done for one hour over 2 years, a mild exacavaum can be pulled out - and possibly forever.

Pros:

  • Much cheaper option for those that do not want surgery
  • Can be done in privacy of your own home (only under supervision of a doctor at this time)
  • Might possibly be a permanent fix for mild cases of pectus exacavatum

Cons:

  • Can be painful
  • Can cause bruising and even rib fractures in rare cases
  • Must be done a lot over a long period of time for any results

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