Our pediatric surgeons are leaders in operative and nonoperative corrective chest wall procedures.
When you need qualified, certified treatment for pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is here for you.
At Cleveland Clinic Children's, over 98% of our pectus excavatum patients have been successfully treated with a minimally invasive approach known as the Nuss procedure. Our designation as a Center of Excellence is achieved by performing this procedure in high volumes with exceptional outcomes.
What We Treat
Pectus excavatum is an abnormal development of the rib cage where the sternum (breastbone) grows inward, resulting in a sunken chest wall. Commonly known as “sunken chest” or “funnel chest”.
To manage pain during the Nuss procedure, an innovative technique called cryoablation is used to freeze the nerves causing a pain sensation to the chest. Cryoablation also shortens the hospital stays and reduces the needs for opioids.
Pectus carinatum is a condition in which the sternum protrudes more than usual. The condition is sometimes called “pigeon chest.”
To schedule a consultation with our team, call 216.442.4378.
LocationsCleveland Clinic's Main Campus
A Building - Crile Building
2049 East 100th Street
Cleveland, OH 44195
To learn more about Pectus Excavatum or Pectus Carinatum, download a free treatment guide.
Adult Patients are cared for by Heart and Vascular Institute's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Learn more.
- Listen to Anthony DeRoss, MD and John DiFiore, MD discuss Pectus Excavatum & Carinatum on Cleveland Clinic's Butts and Guts Podcast
- Listen to John DiFiore, MD explain the cryoablation technique that improves Pectus Excavatum recovery and pain management on Cleveland Clinic's Butts and Guts Podcast
- Download our free treatment guide
- Read our physician blog article about cryoablation, an innovative pain treatment used during the Nuss procedure to repair pectus excavatum.
- Read our physician blog article about perioperative pain protocol and how it's reducing length of stay, decreasing pain scores and limiting opioids.