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Pectus in Children

At Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, we are one of a few multidisciplinary programs in the country dedicated to helping children with chest wall deformities. Through the Pediatric Pectus Program, we offer patient-centered care for kids with pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum.

Patients are seen by a team of specialists in one location who closely monitor their progress to ensure proper surgical and non-surgical treatment options are provided. Although most pectus surgery is performed near the teenage years, the program sees and evaluates patients of all ages from infants to adults. Because both forms of pectus may be associated with other disorders or syndromes that cause similar symptoms, all children undergo extensive examinations, including physiological testing and counseling as part of the program

Types of Pectus

Pectus CarinatumPectus ExcavatumFrequently Asked Questions

Innovative Treatment Techniques

Cryoanalgesia, used during pectus excavatum correction surgery, is a specialized technique that provides short and long term pain relief to patients. During surgery, affected nerves in the chest wall are temporarily frozen, preventing pain signals from transmitting to the brain. Because of this, patients experience far less pain after surgery and may experience a shorter recovery time. In addition, patients are often discharged without the need of prescription pain medication.

Watch an online presentation on diagnosis and treatment options for pectus:

KuoJen Tsao, MD

Dr. KuoJen Tsao, MD
Pediatric Surgeon
Chief of Pediatric Surgery

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Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77030
(832) 325-7234

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday except major holidays)