Chest wall deformities

Chest wall deformities occur in one out of 1,000 – 1,500 children, more often boys, and are usually one of two kinds. Pectus carinatum (“pigeon chest”) is the diagnosis when the rib cage bows out like a bird’s chest. In pectus excavatum, the chest is sunken and the chest appears dented. In both cases the heart and lungs typically develop normally, but their function can be impaired.

Caring for children with chest wall deformities

Physical therapy and braces can often help correct mild conditions as the child grows. In some cases, minimally invasive surgery and open surgery may help return the breastbone to its normal position. When heart surgery is necessary, Herma Heart Institute surgeons are some of the most experienced in the country.

Pediatric heart surgery

As one of the busiest pediatric heart surgery centers in the country, our Herma Heart Institute performs hundreds more operations than any other program in the state.

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U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the Herma Heart Institute at Children's Wisconsin among the top programs in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. This ranking reflects the excellent outcomes and care we provide for even the most complex heart conditions. Families travel from across the country, and even around the world, to receive care from our specialists who are experienced in treating congenital heart disease from before birth and into adulthood.

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