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The Center for Pectus Excavatum and Pectus Carinatum at Children’s Mercy Kansas City is one of the largest centers for surgery and bracing in the country.  The Pectus Center is the region’s only authorized bracing system provider, correcting nearly every pectus carinatum case without surgery.

My chest goes in: pectus excavatum

Pectus excavatum (also known as sunken chest or funnel chest) is the most common abnormality of the chest in children. The surgical experts at Children’s Mercy are recognized leaders in repairing pectus excavatum by using the minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) or the Nuss procedure. Our surgery success rate is 99 percent.

Read about how Children’s Mercy treats pectus excavatum.


My chest goes out: pectus carinatum

Pectus carinatum is a common pediatric condition characterized by an abnormal overgrowth of the rib cartilages. For pectus carinatum patients, the center offers a nonsurgical option for treatment with the dynamic compression system (DCS) brace. Our pectus center is one of the highest volume centers in the nation using the DCS. Most patients with pectus carinatum do not need surgery.

Read about how Children’s Mercy treats pectus carinatum.

Resources for patients and families

The pectus team has various resources available to patients and families such as exercises, recommendations, travel letters, brace billing information and more.


Inside Pediatrics: Jacob's story

Revolutionary cryoablation procedures pioneered at Children’s Mercy allow Jacob to recover with almost no discomfort from a chest repair that used to cause months of pain.

Children's Mercy is an American College of Surgeons Verified Center

Highest level of surgical care

Children’s Mercy is one of only 30 locations in the nation to be verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center.