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The Nuss Procedure to correct pectus excavatum in children is a revolutionary surgical breakthrough that provides excellent long term results in almost all cases.

The procedure was developed by pediatric surgeon Donald Nuss at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, in the early 1990s. Through almost two decades of experience and research, Dr. Nuss and his colleagues at CHKD have refined the procedure, making it remarkably simple and safe to perform and offering outstanding results in almost all cases.

Pectus Excavatum Care at CHKD

Although The Nuss Procedure has been adopted by facilities around the world, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters remains its clinical home. More than 1,000 young people have had The Nuss Procedure at CHKD, giving our surgeons, nurses and medical staff a level of experience with the surgery you won’t find anywhere else.

Surgeons at CHKD recorded the breathing of a pectus excavatum patient before and after undergoing the Nuss procedure, showing the level of improvement.

Pectus Carinatum Care at CHKD

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the only hospital in the United States to offer a minimally-invasive surgery to correct pectus carinatum. The technique is based on the Nuss procedure and uses the same curved bar to reshape the chest over a period of years.