The Chest Wall Program at Riley at IU Health is Indiana’s only multidisciplinary program dedicated to the diagnosis and surgical management of children, adolescents and young adults with chest wall abnormalities.
The Chest Wall Program combines the expertise of board-certified pediatric general and thoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pain specialists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and child life therapists.
We focus on the treatment and management of thoracic abnormalities, such as:
While chest wall abnormalities may show no symptoms, your child may experience symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath with exertion, exercise intolerance and/or heart palpitations. Most children and their families first notice their chests changing during early adolescence; however, anomalies may be noted earlier or develop symptoms later. At Riley at IU Health, children of any age are welcome into our program.
Your child will initially see one of the pediatric surgeons at any of our conveniently-located outpatient clinics throughout Indiana. After a thorough history and physical examination, you and your child will meet with your child’s surgeon to plan the next steps which may be observation, non-operative management strategies or scheduling a surgery to correct the abnormality.
Diagnostic testing and studies for chest wall abnormalities include:
The treatment options available to your child depend's on the type of chest wall abnormality. In children with pectus excavatum, treatment options include surgical repair using minimally invasive thoracoscopic repair (Nuss procedure) or open repair (Ravitch procedure).
For children with pectus carinatum, treatments include non-operative correction with a brace or open repair surgery (Ravitch procedure). Poland syndrome and other chest wall abnormalities have procedures tailored to the severity and type of condition.
If your child's treatment includes surgical repair, our multidisciplinary, narcotic-sparring postoperative pain regimen and enhanced recovery protocol is in place to maximize outcomes.
To increase access to our patients and families, we offer follow-up visits through IU Health Virtual Visits. Ask your child's surgeon about a scheduled virtual visit.
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Chest Wall Program services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our program.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
The Chest Wall Program works closely with referring physicians and families to provide the most convenient care. We also teach medical students and residents, so they can receive training in pediatric surgery and participate in research.Refer A Patient