I am 36 years old and have dealt with PE all my life. Recently I've been wondering whether or not to consider surgery. I've never been to a specialist so I don't really know how severe my case is. I have included pictures to give you all an idea. Personally, the only reason I would consider surgery is because I'm tired of feeling every heart palpitation. I suppose I am writing this because I want validation that surgery is unnecessary for me haha.
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CJW10 It appears by the one picture, you do have a PE that would benefit you from seeing your physician, then obtain a referral for a Thoracic surgeon to consult with you. I believe it would be a start and you would, at least, have an answer. The physician(s) would most likely want to obtain several tests from CT scan, pulmonary function, EKG for the heart etc. Good Luck!
The older you get the more compression there is going to be on your heart. If I were you, I would get the surgery. I'm certain that you've read plenty of stories here and everyone's journey is different. However, regardless of some of the pain mentioned (and that you can expect), the health benefits outweighed any of the concerns I had about the pain. I got Nussed when I was 50 and I wish I had found out about this surgery when I was 30.
Best of luck and please do keep us posted on whichever path you decide to take.
I can't see a rib flare issue in the image which would make for a relatively straight forward surgery on just the PE I would think. Get as much information including scans/x rays etc., so that you can make an informed/empowered decision.
Your pectus looks like mine. I experienced chest pains. I am using vacuum bell and doing exercises, mostly chest, and now I don't have chest pains. I'm scheduled to see a cardio thoracic surgeon next week. It will be my first consultation regarding my pectus.
Thank you all for your replies. I was wondering how long it takes from the first consultation to the surgery date. The reason I ask is I can't take time off during the spring and summer so I didnt know if it could get done this winter or if I would have to schedule it for next winter.