As you may already know about this site, my opinions on pigeon chest surgery, whether you suffer from pectus carinatum or pectus excavatum, are pretty clear. I would say that you should always try other methods of prevention first before opting for surgery, including chest braces and chest exercises which could help alleviate discomfort or danger. But for those of you who have pectus excavatum to a degree which could affect your internal organs, you may have no choice to undergo some surgery. Fortunately, surgery for pectus excavatum is becoming more and more common every day, and the surgery is relatively simple. There are 2 possible procedures that you could undergo depending on the severity of your condition:
The Nuss Procedure:
This procedure is a relatively minimal and safe procedure that involves inserting a steel bar, which is individually designed for each patient’s needs, and can reverse the indent on your chest. The bar is attached to the ribs and will remain in place for 2-3 years, after which it will be removed by the doctor.
The Ravitch Procedure:
This involves a small incision in the chest to remove cartilage, then bringing up the breast bone with stainless steel rods. This procedure can actually be better than the Nuss procedure as it involves reconstructing the bone itself. The steel rods are removed at a later date in another surgical procedure.
So there we have a rundown of some popular procedures to combat pectus excavatum. As I always say, surgery should be a last resort, and you should always try your luck with some simpler and less scary methods like chest braces and exercises. Click below to see my personal recommendation for what I believe to be the best chest brace around!