WELCOME TO FIXPECTUS.COM
My name is Tim Coburn. I am 23 and I have had Pectus Excavatum since
I was born; a grade of 4.3 according to Dr. Nuss.
For as long as I can remember I would have trouble taking off my shirt
anywhere, even in private as it would hurt me to look in the mirror
and see this sort of defect (as I saw it). Swimming at the pool for
me was a nightmare. It wasn't until recently that I was finally able
to put it past myself and live a normal life and not worry about this
silly little thing. I am no longer ashamed of my PE and find it kind
of funny that I was so concerned about it. But then something else
happened. I started to have problems exercising I noticed that I wasn't
able to run or bike as long or as fast as my peers could.
Now, being 23 and in good shape I figured I just needed to push myself
harder to get where I wanted to be physically. But nothing worked.
The harder I pushed myself and the more I tried the more I got disappointed,
not to mention the chest pain. Every time I try and go running I get
this unexplainable pain in my chest that sometimes brings me to the
ground. And at times I get it even when I am just watching TV. Plus
I get out of breath so quickly compared to my buddies that I run with.
I decided one night about a year ago to look up information on the
web about my pain and could find nothing that made any sense. Then
I decided to look up something about my chest (I typed in sunken chest
in yahoo) to see if I could find any link between the two and a world
of information was opened up to me. Finally there was an answer to
my strange hole in my chest and I found out that many OTHER people
had it too and best of all. . . it could be fixed.
I immediately made an appointment with Dr. Nuss (since I live in Washington,
DC it's only about 3 hours away) to get an expert opinion and started
getting cardio and pulmonary tests done and not to my suprise I did
have much limitation with my breathing because of my chest pushing
on my lungs and heart.
On November, 8 2001 I had the Nuss Procedure by Dr Nuss himself at
the Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.
This website documents my experience during the surgery and the years