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Pectus Excavatum (commonly referred to as "PE") is the most common form of chest wall deformity occuring in roughly 1 in 400 births. Once thought of as solely a cosmetic condition, it is now being recognized as a disability limiting heart and lung function. It is now routinely being corrected via surgery - even in adullts. Two types of surgery are available for those that have "severe" PE: Ravitch and Nuss.
Pectus Carinatum (commonly referred to as "PC") is characterized by the protruding chest wall occuring in roughly 1 in 400 births. Like PE, it can be affiliated with physiological problems. It can be corrected via bracing, dynamic compression, or via surgical procedures such as Ravitch and modified Nuss.
Corrective Surgery is available for those that qualify. Even adults into their late 50s have been treated with the surgery. What used to be just "cosmetic condition" is now known to be a debilitating deformity. No one needs to live this way any more. If you or someone you know has a pectus deformity that is affecting their health, please join the site and get some help.
Pectus Surgeons may specialize in children only, adults only, or both. More and more hospitals are offering these procedures. Insurances are also making it easier for those that qualify. Please search through the database of pectus sugeons to begin your journey. There you will find helpful information as well as reviews from actual patients.