Funnel chest (hollowed chest)
Pectus excavatum (hollowed chest)is the most common congenital deformity of
the anterior wall of the chest.
The Nuss procedure is a minimally-invasive procedure, invented by Dr. Donald
Nuss (Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, in Norfolk, Virginia) for
treating pectus excavatum.
A concave stainless steel bar is slipped under the sternum, through the incisions
in the side of the chest. The bar is then flipped, and the sternum pops out.
To support the bar and keep it in place a metal plate called a stabilizer may be
inserted with the bar on one side of the torso.
After a period of two to four years, the surgical stainless steel bar is removed
from the patient's chest.
Any Questions: write to
Keiji Hagiwara, MD
Kami-Ube Pediatric Clinic,