Your child's chest wall deformity can cause serious problems in how well their heart and lungs work. Our specialized doctors and surgeons offer one of the world's most extensive programs to diagnose and treat pectus excavatum (collapsed sternum), pectus carinatum (protruding sternum), and other chest wall deformities, working together to correct your child's condition.

Diagnosing and Treating Chest Wall Deformities

A doctor will determine whether your child has a chest wall deformity through a careful physical examination. A heart specialist may be asked to determine if there's a risk to your child's heart.

Treatment may include the Robicsek method – a surgery pioneered by our own Francis Robicsek, MD, and used widely today – which repairs the defect in one minimally invasive operation, using only a few small incisions for a faster recovery time.

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