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What is the ideal age for pectus excavatum surgery?

The best age for pectus excavatum surgery is between 10 and 12 years old.

The ideal age for pectus excavatum surgery is between age 11 and 14. The chest wall is still pliable, but children can recover quickly.

The ideal age for surgical treatment of pectus excavatum is between 12-18 years of age. Most pectus excavatum patients—both adolescents and adults—are treated using minimally invasive techniques. Many school age patients undergo surgery during the summer months to avoid missing time in school. Adults undergoing surgery often coordinate the procedure with their work schedule to minimize time off.

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