Pectus Excavatum: Nuss Procedure
The best in specialized care.
At Sharp, we understand the struggles of living as an adult with pectus excavatum, commonly known as sunken chest. This condition puts dangerous pressure on the heart and lungs, often causing chest pain and shortness of breath.
Coping with pectus excavatum not only puts physical stress on your body, but also takes an emotional toll. We’re here to help. Our team will work with you every step of the way, developing a personalized treatment plan and providing a support system when you need it most.
Getting you the treatment you need.
We offer a highly specialized, minimally invasive surgery known as the Nuss procedure. During this surgery, a small incision is made in the side of your chest and a curved, stainless steel bar is placed behind the sternum. The bar is then flipped, effectively pushing out the sternum and reducing pressure on the heart and lungs. Over time, muscle tissue develops to keep the sternum in place, and in three years you can return to have the bar removed in an outpatient procedure.
A hospital focused on healing.
With the Nuss procedure, you will experience minimal scarring, a quicker recovery time and a low risk of complications. Following the surgery, you will rest in one of our private rooms with your own bathroom and shower. We understand the importance that loved ones play in healing, and a family member is welcome to stay with you.
You’re in good hands.
Our expert team is led by Dr. Barry LoSasso, a Sharp-affiliated, board-certified surgeon. As one of the world’s most experienced surgeons in this specialized procedure, Dr. LoSasso trained directly under Dr. Nuss and has performed more than 800 Nuss procedures.Our team focuses on treating each individual as a person, not a patient. With Sharp, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the best of care before, during and after surgery.
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