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Pectus Bar

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Dr. Donald Nuss, in cooperation with Zimmer Biomet, developed a minimally invasive surgical procedure and Pectus Bar implant to remodel the chest wall over a 2 to 3 year period. The Nuss Technique, also known as the “Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum”(MIRPE), uses principles of minimal-access surgery and thoracoscopy combined with the proper placement of a Pectus Bar to achieve correction of Pectus Excavatum.


Pectus Excavatum is a chest disorder occurring in approximately one of every 1,000 children. This congenital deformity is characterized by a concave, “funnel” shaped chest.  The inward-facing sternum can apply pressure to the vital organs of the chest resulting in restricted organ growth and shortness of breath. Mildly present at birth, Pectus Excavatum usually becomes more serious throughout childhood, often magnifying considerably during the teenage years.


Using the Nuss Technique, along with the Pectus Bar, surgery to correct Pectus Excavatum is accomplished in less time and with more ease than with other techniques.

Pectus System Features:

  • The Pectus Bar’s rounded ends and blunt edges help minimize tissue destruction during implant insertion.

  • The Pectus Bar comes in a variety of lengths ranging from 17.8 cm to 43.2 cm to accommodate most Pectus Excavatum correction procedures.

  • All instruments in the Pectus System are designed to increase simplicity during the Nuss Procedure.

  •  The Pectus System Container comes in two sizes and conveniently houses the entire range of Pectus implants and instruments.

  • Specialized titanium bars and stabilizers are available for patients with nickel allergies.*

  • Pectus-size bars are available for the following:

    •  Specially sized bars

    • Pre-bent bars developed in accordance with patients’ CT scans

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