Pectus excavatum is a congenital chest wall deformity, also known as "funnel chest" or "sunken chest," characterized by a deep depression in the sternum which can cause chest compression, breathing difficulties and heart conditions. While this deformity isn't preventable it is treatable.
At Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, over 98% of our pectus excavatum patients have been successfully treated with a minimally invasive approach known as the Nuss procedure. Our designation as a Center of Excellence is achieved by performing the Nuss procedure in high volumes with exceptional outcomes. Our surgeons also correct a less common chest deformity, pectus carinatum (a marked outward protrusion of the sternum).
In order to provide complete information for families seeking options, our physicians have prepared a Pectus Excavatum Treatment Guide. This free downloadable guide includes:
Children want to look and feel their best, and we can provide the most effective options to treat this condition. Our surgeons are leaders in the field and work with families to help children resume an active lifestyle.
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital is one of only five medical centers in the US recognized as a Center of Excellence for the Repair of Pectus Excavatum using the Nuss procedure.