Thoracic Surgical Associates of St. Luke's

Chest Wall Disorders

Chest Wall Disorders

Pectus Excavatum/ Pectus Carinatum Repairs

Pectus excavatum, also known as funnel chest, is characterized by depression or indentation of the breastbone. There are degrees of severity among this anomaly with the severe forms potentially causing respiratory or cardiac discomfort. The surgical correction of pectus excavatum can be performed by two well-established surgical techniques. The traditional open repair involves performing a modified Ravitch procedure. A minimally-invasive approach involves placing a U-shaped bar underneath the breastbone called a Nuss procedure. The surgeons at St. Luke’s are experienced in both techniques and consultation with one of our thoracic surgeons can determine which approach is best suited for each individual patient.

Pectus carinatum, also known as pigeon chest, is characterized by a protrusion of the breastbone. This less common defect of the breastbone can also be corrected with reconstructive surgery, to restore the normal contour of the breastbone.

Chest Wall Tumors

Chest wall swelling or prominence can be due to a variety of causes including but not limited to a hematoma, an infection or a tumor. A chest wall mass that is being caused by a chest wall tumor can be either benign or malignant.

The thoracic surgeons at St. Luke's are trained to deal with all the many causes of a chest wall mass. They are well-versed in all the appropriate diagnostic options to establish a diagnosis in an efficient manner. The thoracic surgeons at St. Luke's also have extensive experience in the definitive treatment of chest wall masses that may require a chest wall resection with reconstruction.