#1
So i have a chest disorder called pectus carinatum, it is where the sternum is protruding outwards.
I dont know if i want surgery to remove it or not...it is more of a phycological problem because i dont ever want to go swimming or take my shirt off, but it is also a physical problem because it causes me shortness of breath.
I was wondering if anyone else on UG has this problem and what they do about it...
Also im not sure if i want to have surgery because its a pretty invasive surgery. They have to cut your chest open and cut cartilage out of your chest to make the sternum flat...Im going to be under anesthesia obviosly, and thats scary too. Because it is an operation on the chest it will be very painful, because whenever you breathe, it will hurt like a biatch...

I dont know what to do...anyone?
#2
What you should do is have a serious talk with your doctor as to the aftercare etc, and then make your own choice. In my opinion, such a problem could become more detrimental as you get older, as your lung efficiency will decrease anyway. Couple that with the effects of pectus carinatum, it may not be good for you.
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So i have a chest disorder called pectus carinatum, it is where the sternum is protruding outwards.
I dont know if i want surgery to remove it or not...it is more of a phycological problem because i dont ever want to go swimming or take my shirt off, but it is also a physical problem because it causes me shortness of breath.
I was wondering if anyone else on UG has this problem and what they do about it...
Also im not sure if i want to have surgery because its a pretty invasive surgery. They have to cut your chest open and cut cartilage out of your chest to make the sternum flat...Im going to be under anesthesia obviosly, and thats scary too. Because it is an operation on the chest it will be very painful, because whenever you breathe, it will hurt like a biatch...

I dont know what to do...anyone?


I've gone though two surgeries now...one was that scoliosis one where they put two metal rods in your back. I had it quite bad and so they put rods the full length of my back..

I don't go swimming much anymore (but never did much before all of this either) however the Dr. did a great job stitching me up...


normally the Dr has to open you up from your chest and back but he manged to do it from the back only which made me happy.

anyways I suggest going for it, the shortness of breath sounds annoying...
#4
probably just go with what the doctor recommends and decide for yourself based on that. if you really want opinions I would say it sounds like something you will be happy you went through in the long term.
#5
be grateful your problem can be cured by surgery and do it!!!
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#6
On a side note, going under anaesthetic is always scary. I've gone under more times than I would've liked, and it never got any easier. And on the pain... it will hurt afterwards. Invasive surgery always does, but that's a good sign- inflammation is all a part of the healing process.
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What you should do is have a serious talk with your doctor as to the aftercare etc, and then make your own choice. In my opinion, such a problem could become more detrimental as you get older, as your lung efficiency will decrease anyway. Couple that with the effects of pectus carinatum, it may not be good for you.


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#8
My friend has it, and to be honest it's pretty gross looking. I know you shouldn't make your decision entirely based on what other people think but seriously, it's pretty weird.
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#9
^thanks douche bag...

And i think im going to talk to my doctor and see what recovery is like, becuase im on the nordic ski team for my university and i need to train for that...

and thanks for all the replies guys...
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