I will be going to Phoenix in May to begin all of the testing to see if I qualify for surgery. I'm saddened that this forum will no longer be around for support. I'm 45 and have had pectus excavatum my entire life. It's definitely a scary yet exciting thought to be able to correct my chest.
My one question right now is because the odds of actually having the surgery in the summer seems slim, how crazy would it be to have it done without the support of family present? My wife is a teacher so summer is the time to go. I was told there is a 4 month wait to get in.
Having someone there definitely helps but I've heard of people going there alone and they were fine. The range of experiences with recovery run the gamut, from people who have hardly any pain to those who have multiple complications.....you just never know.
If you do go alone though, at least stay at the Marriott right next to the hospital...at least you'll be close if you need a Dr.
p.s. I'm due to have my bars removed this summer at Mayo and had mine done at 47 yrs.