Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, a research center for chest-wall deformities and a training site for surgeons, performed 2 non-surgical vacuum procedures to correct a common chest deformity called pectus excavatum, also known as sunken chest syndrome.

The vacuum bell device, uses sustained pressure similar to those used in body shops to pop out dents, marked its 1st human use of a non-surgical pectus device, according to a press release.