The Vacuum Bell
The pediatric surgeons at CHKD, renowned for their expertise in chest wall deformities, now offer the Vacuum Bell as an alternative to surgery for patients with pectus excavatum.
The Vacuum Bell uses a suction cup, creating a vacuum seal on the chest
wall and lifting the sternum, thus correcting pectus excavatum through non-invasive treatment over time. The device allows patients to use it without
interfering with school, sports and other daily activities.
The team of pediatric surgeons at CHKD has trained and collaborates with
surgeon Dr. Frank-Martin Haecker (University Children's Hospital in Basel,
Switzerland), who has among the most experience with worldwide use of the
Vacuum Bell. And our surgeons continue to collaborate with German engineer
Eckart Klobe, the German engineer who developed the Vacuum Bell.
To schedule an appointment and learn more about the Vacuum Bell, call the
CHKD International Center for Chest Wall Repair at (757) 668-7703 or e-mail us at Pectus@chkd.org.