IAmA male a 32yr male with pectus excavatum, and had surgery to repair the issue. The surgery has failed and I've been living with the outcome for 12 years. AMA
At the age of two my chest collapsed causing the pectus excavatum. It slowly, but surely started pressing into my heart. The surgeon said if I didn't have the surgery, by the age of 18, my chest would crush my heart. At 17, I had one bar placed in my chest for four years and had the bar removed at 21. My chest has restored itself to the way it was before the (NUSS) surgery.
Here's a link to my surgery, as well as picture documentation. (Yes, that is me in the images.) http://www.ctsnet.org/article/minimally-invasive-endoscopic-repair-pectus-excavatum
Here are recent photos:
Edit: Clarifying my thought: Overall I would say this surgery was not worth it, for the short time I had no problems compared to recovery time. I just wanted to bring to light, what a failed surgery looks like.
Edit 2: Thanks for all the questions, signing off for now. If you keep posting questions I'll try to respond to them in a timely manner.