Understanding the Nuss Procedure

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Pediatric surgeons at CHKD pioneered the Nuss Procedure and have trained extensively under Dr. Donald Nuss, the originator of the Nuss Procedure.

Understanding The Surgery

The Nuss Procedure, a minimally invasive approach to correcting pectus excavatum, involves surgeons inserting a curved metal bar under the ribs and sternum to reshape the chest wall.

The bar is inserted through a right-side incision and advanced across the chest under the sternum to a left-side incision. A "bar flipper" is used to rotate the bar 180 degrees, pushing the sternum out to corrects the deformity.

Once the bar is positioned and the chest has taken the correct shape, a stabilizer bar is attached to the bar and connects to the ribs to prevent the bar from slipping.

On average, the bar remains in place for two years, at which point it is surgically removed.

The inpatient stay for most patients is between three and five days.

Additional Information

Recovery Time

Most children return to school in a few weeks and resume normal activity after about a month. The Nuss Procedure was developed by pediatric surgeon Donald Nuss at CHKD in the late 1980s.

Through almost three decades of experience and research, Dr. Nuss and his colleagues have refined the procedure, improving outcomes and the lives of our patients.

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The Nuss Procedure