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[*] posted on 6-2-2018 at 07:30 PM
M/26 - Surgery or no?

Hey Friends,

I'm looking for some honest opinions.

My pectus excavatum is the kind that flattens my chest from the top, down through my sternum. It's a long, wide valley and has the visual effect of making the center of my chest look very small and flat. This is combined with the wide, slightly flaring shape of my ribs which distends my stomach. The result is the look of a significant angle from my neck to my stomach, and also the look of a bloated/big stomach.

I've received comments on both: that I look weak, don't have muscle, that I have a "belly". This is just how I look. It's miserable. Every time I look in the mirror, it hurts, honestly. Some of you might know what this feels like.

Attached are a few pictures. The shirted one helps illustrate the depth of the indentation, which is a bit hard to see due to my hair...
The purple shirt picture demonstrates the angle I mentioned.
No CT Scan or anything yet. The indent is about 1.25 inches from "flat" and 2 inches from the bottom of my ribs.

Am I crazy to want to correct this? What's worse, the three years of Nuss bars + chance of regression or being self-conscious for the rest of my life? That's a serious question.

Appreciate your feedback, and thankful so far for the insight provided by the community here. :)


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