Dr. Elton and Dr. Maluje participated in a training workshop in the new Pectus Up technique for the treatment of Pectus Excavatum during their stay in Spain.
Dr. Alejandra Elton Torrejón and Dr. Rodrigo Maluje Juri, both pediatric surgeons at the Hospital Dr. Gustavo Fricke in Viña del Mar, Chile, have completed a professional internship at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona.
The training has taken place in the Pediatric Surgery Service, directed by Dr. Manuel López Paredes. The sessions, focused on neonatal and fetal laparoscopies, were backed up by a workshop in Pectus Up, the extrathoracic implant for the treatment of Pectus Excavatum, developed by Ventura Medical Technologies.
Being a minimally invasive technique, Pectus Up represents an important step forward in the treatment of Pectus Excavatum. With this method, patients suffer less pain than with currently existing techniques, require shorter hospital days and enjoy a quick recovery, since there is no invasion of the thoracic cavity during the procedure.
The first surgery with Pectus Up in Chile took place on March 23, 2019. It was performed by Dr. Patricio Herrera Oroz, a pediatric surgeon at the Hospital de Niños Dr. Exequiel González Cortés and at the Clínica Alemana, both in Santiago, Chile.
That surgery was attended by Dr. Manuel López Paredes, who went as an international expert in the Pectus Up technique to give support to Dr. Herrera.
The interventiom coincided with the presentation of the Pectus Up at the Annual Congress of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG), held in Santiago, Chile, from March 19 to 23, 2019, with Dr. Miguel Guelfand and Dr. Patricio Varela among the members of the organizing committee.
Pectus Chile, official distributor of Pectus Up in Chile, organized the presentation to professionals who attended the IPEG, along with Ventura Medical Technologies.
In September 2019, Ventura Medical Technologies organized a Pectus Up training workshop held in Barcelona, which was attended by Dr. Raúl Berrios Silva, Thorax Oncology surgeon and current Head of Pavilions of the Clínica Alemana.
There are more and more surgeons specialized in Pectus Excavatum who choose the Pectus Up technique to operate on their patients affected by this thoracic deformity, also called sunken chest, thus consolidating themselves as experts in the training of other professionals interested in this new surgical technique.
Currently, the Pectus Up is marketed in Spain, France, Portugal and Ireland, in Europe, and in Colombia, Chile and Mexico in Latin America. Soon, it will also be available in Italy, Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador, consolidating its position as a good alternative to traditional techniques for the fixing of the Pectus Excavatum.