I decided to start this website to share my experience and help people who suffer from pectus excavatum physically and mentally. Just a few years ago, I was another person who was a victim of deformity.

It was bothering me psychologically. The years when my deformity worsened were the darkest years of my life. I suffered from depression and anxiety. Nowadays, I understand that the mental stress I experienced troubled me the most.

I believe that every single one of you can improve this deformity by following the instructions and tips I am about to share on this website. If you combine the proper routine with a bit of hard work, the results will be astonishing.

My primary purpose in life is to help pectus excavatum sufferers improve their condition non-surgically. There is a lot of scientific research on how you can do that. However, there is still much room for scientists to research the power of the non-surgical method. It is not just me; thousands of other people used similar principles to correct their deformities. Researchers across the globe are increasingly convinced by the power of vacuum bell treatment and bracing.

A lot of promising studies are currently underway. At this point, I am willing to participate in scientific research to help researchers find the most effective solution for the non-surgical correction of pectus excavatum. The best is yet to come!

I hope that my story will give you the necessary motivation to complete your journey!


My name is Mihail Veleski, and I will take you on a fantastic journey to help you improve your pectus excavatum deformity. I am passionate about encouraging and supporting people who suffer from this deformity. What devastates me the most is that people believe the deformity is untreatable without surgery.

That is a destructive lie that kills the self-esteem and happiness of many young people! My purpose is to lead you throughout this journey, make you enjoy the beauty of the ride, and reach the desired final destination of improving pectus excavatum, forever.


My pectus excavatum journey started when I typed, “why is there a hole in my chest” in the Google search bar.

I didn’t even know I was suffering from a deformity called “pectus excavatum.”All I knew as a 15-year-old freshman in high school was that my chest was indented, which made me self-conscious. To make matters worse, my brother made fun of me when he saw the phrase I looked up on Google after stumbling upon it in the browsing history of our shared PC.


When I entered puberty, I had very poor posture, muscular imbalances, weak core musculature, kyphosis, and scoliosis, which worsened my deformity. I felt horrible, mainly because other people had regular body shapes. I hit my lowest point when my ribs started to poke out of my shirt. My deformity was visible, even when I had a shirt on!

I reached a point where I started to become jealous of people with regular body shapes. Not to mention how terrible and ashamed I felt when I saw how the famous guys in my school got all the attention from the hot girls I had a crush on.

They just oozed confidence, especially when they attended the frequent high-school pool parties in the summertime. I felt ashamed to take off my shirt, assuming everybody would judge my sunken chest deformity. This fear negatively affected my social life, making me a timid kid who had trouble talking to girls.

I reached the bottom when I started blushing whenever a pretty-looking girl talked to me. I couldn’t live my life like this anymore.


I decided to start an intensive self-improvement journey, hoping that I would change my life for the better. I finally stopped playing video games and spent my time watching the YouTube videos of Elliott Hulse and Brandon Carter, who introduced me to weightlifting. I was amazed by their solid physiques and overall mindsets about life.

Their videos introduced me to Owen Cook, Julien Blanc, and Max Tornow, who all had YouTube channels. They were a part of Real Social Dynamics. They inspired me to become confident in my skin, despite my insecurities. Their teachings made me believe I could still attract the girls I always wanted in my school. These guys were known for reading many books to become the strongest version of yourself.

Two of their favorite books were Robert Greene’s 50th Law and Tony Robbins’s Awaken the Giant Within. These men and these books changed my life forever.


I believed pectus excavatum was very uncommon. I didn’t know anyone else who suffered from it. If you suffer from pectus excavatum, I know exactly how you feel. I always felt embarrassed about it.

At that time, the only thing that came to my mind was to go to the doctor. I felt overly stressed out. I read on the internet that I couldn’t repair pectus excavatum without surgery. My heart was racing. I had a feeling of sickness with an urge to vomit. I felt a sharp pain in my chest as soon as I read that. I didn’t want to undergo surgery.

At the time, I didn’t even know that the pectus excavatum surgery (Nuss procedure) requires one or more metal bars to be inserted behind the breastbone to push it into a normal position. The Nuss bars must sit there for about three years before they are removed with another surgery. Imagine how I would feel knowing this.

I became too nervous and concerned about my health. After thinking about it for a month, I overcame that fear and went to the doctor.


He said that surgery was the only way I could correct the deformity. I was shocked. The information I had read on the internet was spoken directly from my doctor’s mouth. I then knew for a fact that it was true. I still feel sick when I think about this devastating moment.

He said that for health companies to cover the costs of my Nuss procedure, my Haller Index needed to be higher than 3.25. Unfortunately, my HI was lower than that. At the time, the only experienced surgeon in North Macedonia that we were aware of was Dr. Zan Mitrev from Filip Vtori Hospital in Skopje. He is a well-respected surgeon. However, the surgery costs were high for me at the time.

I was a freshman in high school, living in a medium-income household. At the time, we couldn’t afford that amount of money for surgery. Before saying the third sentence, I hoped the doctor would say something more encouraging.

He said that if the Nuss procedure was successful, he would insert two steel bars in my chest. In my case, the bars would need to stay underneath my sternum for at least three years! I didn’t know that the Nuss procedure was this serious at the time. I thought that fixing the deformity with surgery would be quick. I was utterly wrong.


The doctor told me I should limit my physical activities during these three years. He told me that I couldn’t participate in contact sports. There would be an increased chance of bar dislocation.

That could lead to heart or lung puncture, causing extreme pain, blood loss, and permanent vital organ damage. First, I couldn’t take basketball away from my life for three years. It was something that gave my life meaning. I made a lot of friends on the basketball playgrounds. The sport helped me become a better version of myself. The thought of organ rupture didn’t even come to my mind.

The fact that I would stop playing basketball disturbed me more than the possibility of suffering a life-threatening injury. Nothing could take my love of basketball away. I wouldn’t let a dent in my chest take away my purpose in life.

After expressing my initial thoughts about the surgery and my love for basketball to the doctor, he felt sorry for me. He shrugged his shoulders and told me there was another alternative way I could try to fix my deformity.


The surgeon then told me I might improve my pectus excavatum and flared ribs through physical therapy, vacuum bell therapy, and bracing. However, he wasn’t a huge believer in the effectiveness of this alternative method. He said that this route required a lot of patience and discipline, and still, he didn’t guarantee the results.

Right after saying that, there was a long and awkward silence. It was long enough for me to question my entire existence in this world. After a not-so-pleasant trip to the doctor, I was mentally destroyed. However, there was a spark at the back of my mind about the non-surgical treatment for my deformity. It looked promising enough to me.


As soon as I came home, I turned on my computer and typed “how to fix pectus excavatum without surgery” in the Google search bar. I was so hungry for a solution that I felt like I typed this in less than a second.

A few inspiring blog posts showed up. The articles weren’t anything special. They were just a few-hundred-words long, written on free publishing platforms. However, I was so hungry for a non-surgical solution for my deformity. Stumbling upon these articles felt like finding hidden treasure.

I clicked on every single result on Google that was relevant to fixing pectus excavatum without surgery. I re-read these articles a few times and concluded that the sunken chest condition could be improved with vacuum bell therapy, physical therapy, braces, stretches, and deep breathing exercises.

I even stumbled upon a German forum with many members discussing the effectiveness of the Eckart Klobe vacuum bell therapy method. I used Google Translate for every sentence to understand their methodologies. I was amazed by the before and after pictures shared by members of the forum. I could see how their chest wall appearance improved without an ugly red scar across their chests caused by surgery.

They repaired their deformities, mainly with the help of the vacuum bell device and physical therapy. After surfing the internet for 5 hours straight, I turned off my computer, believing that I could fix my deformity.

Nowadays, I am proud to say that I significantly improved my pectus excavatum and rib flare deformity non-surgically. I performed everything that the authors of these articles and the members of the forums told me to do. On top of that, I found plenty of scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of non-surgical methods for pectus excavatum.

Throughout the process, I felt how a couple of stretching, bodybuilding, and breathing exercises made me feel like my sternum was pulled out of the dent and helped me build my overall upper body musculature. I also followed the workout routines of NBA stars like LeBron James, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, and John Wall. The workout plans they developed helped me fall in love with training. I was motivated by their stories about how they beat the odds.

I embraced them as my idols and was amazed by their incredible work ethic, discipline, and fearlessness. After searching and studying everything related to pectus excavatum, I printed out the stories of people who corrected their indented chests non-surgically. To remain motivated, I re-read their stories repeatedly, every time before I went to bed.


When I was a child, I played soccer every day after school and had a lot of fun. That was something that kept me in shape. I am saying this to tell you that I am a lifelong exerciser. Pectus excavatum can happen to anybody, no matter how physically active you were as a kid.

I started playing basketball in my teenage years. All I wanted then was to increase my vertical jump. I was mostly doing plyometrics, sprints, and leg exercises. I wasn’t doing any upper body exercises to build muscle and strength in the chest area.

However, I always felt that pectus excavatum limited my physical capabilities in these sports. My physical shape was always one step behind my competition, no matter how hard I practiced. I figured out that playing these sports and doing lower body workouts isn’t enough to fix my caved-in chest.

However, playing sports from a young age was a good lead-in for the exercises that helped me correct my concave chest. I fell in love with bodybuilding, yoga, and Pilates.

NBA stars like Lebron James, Kevin Love, and Dwyane Wade were huge fans of these exercises. Before doing my exercises for pectus excavatum, I always watched their workout videos. That gave me additional motivation to execute my workouts. That’s what pushed me the most.

I strongly advocate for making smart lifestyle choices as the primary means of achieving good health. Most importantly, don’t be discouraged by people who claim that pectus excavatum is not treatable without surgery.

7 thoughts on “About Me”

    • I use physical therapy successfully as a way of correcting the pectus excavatum condition. Physical training and stretching is considered as an alternative way of correcting the condition because it is always far cheaper than undergoing surgery which costs about 40 000$. A recent pectus excavatum canadian study showed that pectus excavatum can be fixed without a surgery as much successfully as taking a surgery that will take forever to heal.
      The information provided in this web site is more than enough for fixing the deformity. All you need is a cheap and smart investment of about 70$ to be able to perform all of the exercises and stretches at the comfort of your house.
      The other things you need are free. Those are dedication, motivation and faith.
      Have a good day.

      • A great respect sir from my part to you ! That is a great achievment and victory !
        I hope that will make your willpower twice stronger to achiev great and amazing goals in future ! This website is really amazing ! There is not so much websites on pectus excavatum and it problems , but here i got a lot of information and practical facts ! Thanks again and good luck for new achivments and victories !

        P;S. Please keep this great web resourse update ,so everybody can be in touch with the best ways and possibilities !


  1. I am interested in bracing options for flared ribs. You mentioned that you have experience with the Lace It brace, but your review is not showing. I just wanted to point that out to you in case you were unaware. I would really like to read your review on the brace if possible.

  2. At 18 I decided to undergo the nuss procedure, I was so tired of the bullying and the embarrassment my own family would put me through, I told myself I would do anything to make myself look “normal”. I am 26 now and it was one of the worse decisions I have ever made. I ended up undergoing 6 surgeries in the span of 3 years and the outcome was only minor corrections. I was left with scar tissue, nerve damage, And worst of all my pectus still looked the same. Up until recently I was discouraged about my journey with this condition. You can’t imagine how happy I am to see there actually is a regiment you can follow to fix this. If only I had found my way to your website all those years ago. I appreciate your work, and genuinely love the fact that you are educating more and more people about this condition.

    • Ben not sure you’ll ever see this. But try the vacuum bell. It works. It takes time but it’s a meditative practice when you use it and focus on your posture and breath. You can do it.

  3. Gosh I wish I could have seen this earlier in my life. I am now an active 69 year old lady with pectus excavatum. I had corrective surgery at five years of age however, as time went on my chest depression returned. My haller index is 5.2. I walk, do stretching exercises, and deep breathing. What really concerns me is I just read online that people with PE can die 10 earlier. So my question is: can this vacuum bell be used on someone my age who has had surgery?


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