The Nuss Procedure – a new, minimally invasive and safe way for correction of Pectus Excavatum
In the past, a variety of radical procedures were advocated. However, in 1987 a new technique for correction of pectus excavatum was developed by Dr. Donald Nuss, a pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital of the The King’s Daughters and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. This “minimally invasive” procedure has been refined and modified for more than fifteen years in over 450 patients.
The Nuss Procedure for the correction of pectus excavatum results in minimal blood loss and much shorter recovery time. In addition, Dr. Nuss and Children’s Hospital have developed a center for pectus excavatum care which includes not only nonoperative treatment for milder cases but operative and post-operative clinical pathways and standards of care.
A comprehensive pectus program has been developed that includes a Nurse Coordinator, Pediatric Anesthesia, Child Life Therapy and Physical Therapy along with patient and family education materials, to complement this revolutionary new surgical procedure.