A new surgery in the city of Montería consolidates the Pectus Up in the South American country.

Pectus Excavatum is the most common congenital deformity of the chest cavity. It is defined by a depression of the sternum that gives a sunken appearance to the chest. The condition is diagnosed in newborns and develops progressively during puberty.

A surgical treatment option that stands out from the rest for being less invasive, with lower risks and with a faster recovery time is the Pectus Up.

This extrathoracic implant, developed by Ventura Medical Technologies and distributed by the firm Biomedysis in Colombia, entered the country in 2017. To date, this South American state is the second country with the largest number of Pectus Up surgeries in the world.

This new procedure to fix a Pectus Excavatum with the Pectus Up took place on April 12 in the city of Montería, capital of the department of Córdoba, in Colombia.

The 23-year-old patient had a mild and symmetrical Pectus Excavatum with a Haller index of 3.43. He was operated on at the IMAT Oncomédica Clinic by Dr. Daniel José Jaller Salleg, head of service at this clinic and member of the Colombian Society of Thorax Surgery. The doctor was joined by the Pectus Up expert Dr. Carlos Rodríguez Sabogal, one of the surgeons who has used the most this technique, for which he was trained in Barcelona in 2017 and who has in turn trained other specialists in his country. Mr. Edgar Salazar, Biomedisys manager, was also with them during the surgery.

The procedure consisted of a correction of the Pectus Excavatum with the Pectus Up, and no additional sternotomy or osteotomy were needed. The patient was admitted in hospital for two days and his recovery has been fully satisfactory.

Many Pectus Excavatum cases have established the Pectus Up in Colombia, a country where the incidence this condition is high and where more and more surgeons rely on this technique, which offers many advantages over the more traditional ones.

Currently, the Pectus Up is available in Spain, France, Portugal and Greece in Europe, and in Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica in Latin America.