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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Surgery

Chest Wall and Diaphragm Conditions

Chest Wall Conditions

The chest wall may be deformed from birth or acquired and may lead to discomfort if untreated. Pectus excavatum is the most common chest wall defect.

  • Repair of pectus using minimally invasive surgery Nuss Bar
  • Open repair of pectus using Ravitch technique
  • Rib fixation for rib fractures
  • Rib resection and reconstruction for tumors

Diaphragm Conditions

The diaphragm is an important component of the respiratory system and may develop defects which can be repaired using minimally invasive surgery techniques.

  • VATS diaphragm plication
  • Repair of diaphragmatic hernias