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Pectus Repair Clinic

    • Only private Pectus Repair Clinic of its type in Ireland 
    • Consultations & treatment with leading Consultant Thoracic Surgeons
    • Outstanding pre and post care treatment delivered by a dedicated team
    • Cutting edge solutions. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities

The Pectus Repair Clinic at Kingsbridge Private Hospital is the only private clinic of its type in either Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland. (Commencing June 2021) 

What is Pectus Deformity?

Pectus deformity is a congenital abnormality of the chest wall that presents either with a protrusion (pigeon chest) or sunken chest.

  • Pectus Carinatum - Protruding chest
  • Pectus Excavatum - Funnel chest

The Pectus Clinic is led by Mr Niall McGonigle MB BCh MD FRCSI (C-Th) Consultant Thoracic Surgeon (BHSCT). Niall suffered from the condition himself and is, therefore, able to offer a unique insight to the issues experienced by other suffers. The clinic offers the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments for pectus deformity. We aim to help you regardless of the type of deformity.

Currently, teenagers and young adults with pectus deformity may receive an NHS consultation. However, as the NHS and NICE consider this to be a cosmetic treatment patients will be added to a waiting list with little prospect of getting surgery within the NHS.

Pectus Repair Braces

Over many years braces have been developed for this condition. These braces are compressive and 'remodel' the chest wall. Recent studies assessing the validity of braces have reported excellent outcomes with bracing and avoiding surgery.

What is Pectus Repair Brace?

The brace corrects the chest deformity by applying sustained pressure to the chest wall and specifically the soft cartilage joints between the breastbone and ribs (the origin of the pectus deformity) holding them in position and over time allowing re-modelling of the chest for a permanent correction and repairing the appearance of the chest.

What type of pectus repair brace is used?

The braces are CE approved with the clinic offering both the FMF™ Dynamic Compression Brace and The Strawberry Compression Brace™

Who is suitable for this treatment?

Teenagers and young adults from 12 years to 20 years.

What is the Patient Pathway for this treatment?

  • Initial OPD and assessment (including photos). Full discussion on the benefits of surgical and non-surgical management and an informed decision on the best treatment to suit you or your child.
  • Outpatient MRI scan Outpatients Department (OPD) - Mould and fit brace if choosing a Strawberry Compression Brace.
  • If choosing a FMF™ Dynamic Compression Brace then measurements will be taken at this stage to allow production of your bespoke brace (lead time 8-12 weeks)
  • Fit FMF™ Dynamic Compression Brace
  • OPD: 4 - 5 weeks after inital fitting of the brace
  • Regular review at the clinic or video conference to assess progress

While most patients achieve good results through use of a brace, where the brace treatment has failed to provide the desired results, surgery may be required, A similar programme is also available for pectus excavatum (sunk in chest) through the use of a suction cup.

How long does it take to apply the chest brace?

A Brace is generally fitted within a 45-minute OPD consultation.

How long is treatment?

Treatment is generally complete in 9-12 months.

What is Pectus Excavatum Repair Surgery?

Surgery takes about 2hrs and involves a horizontal cut across the middle of the chest. The affected costal cartilages are removed and the breastbone reset. In-hospital recovery is generally 5-6 days. Contact sports must be avoided for 3-6 months. The surgery is similar for both Pectus Excavatum and Pectus Carinatum.

Facts about Pectus Excavatum

  • Pectus excavatum is the most common chest wall problem in children occurring in about 1:1000
  • Pectus Carinatum in occurs in about 1:1500 people
  • Pectusabnormality occurs mostly during the early teenage years in times of rapid growth, and mostly in boys.
  • It is usually present since very early years but becomes more apparent as young people grow, but also become more self-conscious.

Further Information

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GX

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Mr Niall McGonigle

Thoracic Consultant

Mr Rory Beattie

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon

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Patient Testimonials

"I am extremely happy with the treatment, and with the standard of care I have received. There is no doubt as to whether this treatment is highly effective. I have had several cosmetic surgeries (although not on my face) but can say in comparing the results of the Spring Thread procedure with other less invasive treatments, the results are more in keeping with the surgical procedures I have had." Spring Thread Patient Review, Cosmetech at Kingsbridge Patient
"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
"Very well satisfied with everyone at my appointment - firstly with reception who were very friendly and helpful, secondly with Mr Cusick who took his time to explain everything to me and finally One2One with Rose who organised the dates for my pre op and operation. I would highly recommend Kingsbridge Private Hospital." Patient Review, Orthopaedic Clinic
"When I attended Kingsbridge Private Hospital on the 14th May for a knee replacement the care I got was fantastic from entering the door until I was discharged on the 16th May. The surgeon Mr Laurence Cusick and his team was absolutely fantastic, the nurses and the rest of the team you couldn’t ask for better and the food was very good" Paitent Review , Knee Replacement Clinic
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