Chest Wall Deformities

The Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics works closely with the Division of Pediatric Surgery to help children with chest wall deformities, that include but are not limited to:

  • Pectus carinatum
  • Pectus excavatum

We use several different orthotic designs. Learn about our orthoses.​

What to Expect

For the first visit you will meet with your orthotist and they will perform a clinical evaluation, discuss the treatment plan and take measurements. We’ll use the results of the measurement to either fit an off-the-shelf orthosis or to create a custom orthosis to fit approximately two weeks later.

The initial phase of treatment for pectus carinatum is to reduce the deformity and then to maintain correction. The amount of correction is dependent upon a number of factors, one of which includes the flexibility of the pectus carinatum. Full-time wearing schedule is 18 or more hours per day.  The duration of treatment will be determined by the physician.

Follow-up is an important part of the program; your child’s brace may need to be periodically checked and adjusted due to growth and progress.

Make an Appointment

After receiving a prescription from a physician, you can make an appointment to have your child evaluated by calling our office at 312.227.6210.

Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500.