Pectus Carinatum treatment

Mr Marco Scarci Consultant thoracic surgeon at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital offers specialist surgery for a common chest deformity in adults and adolescents - Pectus Carinatium. Mr Scarci is the only surgeon in East Anglia to offer this procedure in a private hospital.

Pectus Carinatum
Pectus Carinatum, often referred to as ‘pigeon chest’ or ‘bowed chest’ is a chest wall deformity related to pectus excavatum caused by an overgrowth of cartilage between the ribs and the breast bone.

The abnormal cartilage displaces the sternum forward where pectus excavatum displaces it inward.

Like Pectus Excavatum, Pectus Carinatum deformity is a birth defect that may not be noticeable in early childhood but will become more prominent as the child grows, particularly during adolescence. The Pectus Carinatum deformity varies in severity and symmetry during the lifespan of a single patient and varies from patient to patient

The operation
An incision is made across the chest and the overgrowth of cartilages is removed. The sternum can then be placed in the usual, flat position, titanium bars are used sometines to stabilize the chest and the incision is closed. The amount of time this operation requires can vary depending on severity of the deformity. In younger patients is possible to perform a minimally invasive repair of this condition as per Abramson procedure.

Hospital stay is usually in the region of two-three days.


Recovery is usually quite fast and within three months patients are allowed to resume normal activities. For the first 6 weeks is important to take extra care in avoiding contact sports and keeping the chest in a neutral position.Showering is possible immediately after surgery. For the first few weeks a thin soft corset is applied to the chest.This can be worn under clothes and is barely visible.

The Pectus Carinatum at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
The procedure for Pectus Carinatum is performed at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital by Mr Marco Scarci, Consultant thoracic surgeon

  • The procedures can be performed during puberty. Please book a consultation for specific advice.
  • Referral by GP is not necessary to secure an initial consultation.

To find out more about this procedure call us on 01223 266929 or complete our online enquiry form

How to contact us

Mr Scarci holds clinics in Cambridge, Norwich and Harley Street in London:

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
30 New Road
CB24 9EL

Ten Harley Street
10 Harley Street

Spire Norwich Hospital
Old Watton Road,
Colney, Norwich,

Call us on 01223 266929 to make an enquiry or visit 

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About Mr Scarci

Mr Scarci undertook his specialist training in Italy, Malta, Essex Cardiothoracic Center and Guy's and St Thomas. He spent 6 months between University of Toronto and McMaster University for a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. Mr Scarci’s practice is in pure thoracic surgery. He works closely with a large team including other surgeons, specialist nurses, radiologists and physicians to provide together with them the best outcome for patients.
His key focus is minimally invasive surgery. 

Mr Scarci's areas of major interest are resection of locally advanced cancer, malignant mesothelioma, rehabilitation after thoracic surgery and clinical trials. He also has a keen interest in medical education and, after several courses, he is currently doing a master in medical education.

Mr Scarci is actively involved with the the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons and as a member of the new technologies and Innovation workgroup of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. 
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