Services & Specialties
Chest Wall Center

The Chest Wall Center provides expert care for children, adolescents, and young adults up to 35 years old with chest wall conditions, including pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum, with minimally invasive surgeries, Vacuum Bell Therapy Plan Program, and non-surgical bracing.

Individualized and Specialized Care for Chest Wall Conditions

At the Chest Wall Center, our care team keeps you as the patient front and center. We are a team of specialists from Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Radiology, Cardiology, Pulmonary, Pain Management, and Orthopaedics who work with you to customize care which fits your individual needs. These experienced and personable surgeons use the latest surgical and care techniques to provide the highest quality of treatment.

We specialize in both surgical and non-surgical repair therapies for pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum, including the nuss procedure, vacuum bell therapy, and pectus carinatum bracing. When working with our team, you will interact with one reliable set of specialists who take the time to listen and comprehend your needs to give the individualized care you deserve. As a patient at the Chest Wall Center, we are with you every step of the way. From setting up your first appointment to checking in on you at home after surgery, we are here for you.

Why Choose Us

We Partner With You

Our multidisciplinary team works to design specific treatments plan to fit every patients’ unique needs. Our goal at the Chest Wall Center of Cincinnati is to pair exceptional treatment that exceeds your expectations with convenient, precise and affordable care. Together we will explore ways to streamline testing needed before surgery to minimize your health care costs and maximize your convenience and that of your family.

Fast Allergy Testing

The normal allergy test can take an average of 7 days to complete. Cincinnati Children’s is proud to offer metal allergy testing that provides precise results in only 3 days.

Allergy testing is a requirement prior to surgery because, in some cases, the patient may have an allergy to the metal bars used to correct the chest wall. Cincinnati Children’s offers on-site testing so you can obtain your results easily and quickly without having to travel to a 3rd party site for testing. The results of the test allow us to know what type of metal bar to use for each individual patient, eliminating the risk of redo surgery due to allergic reactions.

Informational Sessions

At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, we want to ensure you are informed on your child’s condition and confident in our ability to provide quality treatment. We offer an informational course lead by an experienced team of Advanced Practice Nurses who have a focus on chest wall conditions, to give you the facts you need on pectus, how our team facilitates your care, and what you need to know for recovery after surgery. Classes take place once a month.

For more information or to sign up for a class, please call 513-803-1062 or email

Behavior Medicine

The Chest Wall Center is committed to providing comprehensive interdisciplinary care to ensure that children and families have the most positive surgical experience possible. A psychologist is available to provide families with additional coping strategies including worry/anxiety management, comfort/relaxation strategies, and specific skill development (e.g., pill swallowing) to help children and their parents be confident in their abilities to manage surgery and recovery.

Adult Patients Accepted

While the Chest Wall Center is managed through Cincinnati Children's, we do not limit our services to children. We proudly accept adult patients up to 35 years old who are seeking individualized care from a team of experts for their chest wall conditions.

Online Second Opinions

Our nationally-recognized specialists provide online second opinions for families. They will review your case and answer specific questions about a diagnosis or treatment options. It’s easy, convenient and secure. Plus, you don’t have to leave home. Our case manager will collect your medical records and guide you through the process.

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