We noticed last summer that my son's chest had a depression in the center that was causing him to worry about his appearance. At the time, I thought it might go away as he got older. However, when I took him for a physical for track this year, I asked his doctor about it. She said that it was a condition called pectus excavatum. This is where the ribs turn and grow inward in the center of the chest. It will push on his heart and lungs. This can cause shortness of breath, heart murmurs and other problems, not to mention the psychological effects of it. It has gotten worse and all the info I can find says that it will likely continue to get worse without surgery. Does anyone else have this condition? Have you or someone you know had the surgery? I'd like to hear from someone who has first hand experience. I'm feeling very guilty right now for not taking him to the doctor last year. I thought his lack of energy and motivation were because he was going through puberty. I just didn't realize how serious it was. I am glad to know, though, that the surgery is minimally invasive and that it should make a vast improvement in how he feels and how much physical activity he can do. And, he won't have to be embarrassed to be seen without his shirt. Please pray for him and us. Thank you!