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For the past 15 years, the pediatric surgeons at Arkansas Children’s have corrected pectus excavatum using a minimally invasive technique called the Nuss procedure. With the Nuss procedure, one to three metal bars are inserted behind the sternum in order to push it into a normal position. The team also uses cryoablation, which temporarily freezes the nerves in the area of the surgery to help block the pain from this procedure. This helps control pain and shortens the hospital stay.
Pectus excavatum or sunken chest is one of the most common chest wall disorders in children and can be treated by the general pediatric surgeons at Arkansas Children's.