Pectus Excavatum Pediatric Surgery

Pectus Excavatum Pediatric Surgery

Pectus Excavatum Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric doctor examining boyAlso known as sunken chest, pectus excavatum is the most common pediatric chest condition. Pectus excavatum occurs when too much cartilage pushes your child’s sternum and ribs inward. 

Childhood cartilage growth is not widely understood, but it tends to be more common in boys than girls and may be related to family history. Children will often feel short of breath during physical activities and, when the uneven appearance becomes more obvious over time, children can also grow self-conscious.

If a family physician has diagnosed your child with pectus excavatum, a consultation can determine the appropriate next steps. Nonsurgical options may be available and your pediatrician can advise whether operating is the right decision. 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital1 offers a minimally invasive surgical option called the Nuss procedure to repair the chest by inserting and lifting a stainless steel bar through a small incision to re-position the sternum.

The Nuss procedure

The Nuss procedure involves shorter hospital stays, fewer incisions and less pain during your child’s treatment. On average, children will be able to return to their normal activities 12 weeks after surgery with improved breathing, normal appearance and enhanced self-esteem.

Related Resources

Pediatric Specialist Directory for Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital: Find a Pediatric specialist.
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