The Vacuum Bell

CHKD offers the Vacuum Bell for pectus excavatum repair 

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 employs a suction cup, creating a vacuum seal on the chest wall and lifting the sternum up. 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 one of the largest experiences 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

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