Please click here to read our COVID-19 policies and resources before your visit or appointment. X
Vacuum bell

The Vacuum Bell

(757) 668-6877

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 Science of Suction

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.

Want to Learn More?

To schedule an appointment and learn more about the Vacuum Bell, call CHKD's Nuss Center at (757) 668-6877 or e-mail us at

Our Location
(757) 668-6877

The Vacuum Bell

Vacuum Bell in the News

Elizabeth Simpson of The Virginian-Pilot writes about CHKD's newest device to battle pectus excavatum, the vacuum bell.

+Read More