Benefits and Risks of Pectus Excavatum Surgery


The purpose of pectus excavatum surgery is to reduce sternum depression that may have cardio-pulmonary implications. As compared to Ravitch procedure, Nuss surgical technique offers additional advantages by reducing operating time and scaring, stabilize chest elasticity, create more space with minimum blood loss.

One benefit is that patient who had went through with the surgery experience better breathing and lung capacity. Their chest pains and discomforts are reduced as well. These benefits contributed to an improved standard of living. Athletes also report that they are performing in sports much better as compared to before they had the surgery.

Apart from improvement of breathing and physical health, patients experience a significant improvement in appearance thus self-esteem. This is especially so for teenage patients who are very concerned about their self-image amongst their peers.


Although Nuss and modified Ravitch surgical procedures are an effective and safe technique to correct pectus excavatum, still risks and complications are involved in surgical procedures. However, the risks of complication from surgery is now very low. Some possible complications and risks are included excessive bleeding, pleural effusion, infection, pneumothorax, bar displacement as well as recurrence of deformity. There is the very low chance of the pectus bar injuring your heart leading to death. Consult your surgeon or your child’s surgeon if you unsure about anything.