INNOVATIVE SURGICAL METHOD THAT OFFERS A VERY LITTLE INVASIVE SOLUTION TO THE TREATMENT OF PECTUS EXCAVATUM
WHAT IS PECTUS EXCAVATUM?
Pectus Excavatum is:
- A congenital deformity of the rib cage characterized by the thorax taking on a concave shape, like a «funnel».
- The sternum is inverted inwards, which generates pressure on the vital organs of the thorax, thus restricting their growth capacity and causing shortness of breath and respiratory difficulties.
- It occurs in 1 in every 1000 children and it is the most common congenital anomaly of the chest wall (90%).
- The disease appears mildly at birth and worsens during childhood and adolescence.
- There are other surgical methods to correct the Pectus Excavatum:
- The Ravitch procedure
- The Nuss procedure
the solution: Pectus Up
Out of the collaboration between Ventura Medical Technologies and the Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí, a new product is born: the Pectus Up Surgery Kit, aimed at performing a new less invasive technique for Pectus Excavatum patients.
The Pectus Up is a set of implants and tools manufactured with the aim of treating this disease by means of a new extrathoracic surgical method that substantially reduces the risk of the intervention, post-surgical pain and recovery time.
It is a perfectly reproducible technique although the basic concepts of it must be known for a correct execution. With the updated version it has been significantly improved and simplified.
The technique is safe, just following the sequence of steps is required until its execution. Once the desired elevation and the fixing between plates have been reached, the feeling of firmness of the system is very good.
It is also an easy and reproducible, minimally invasive surgical technique when our main is sternal elevation for the modification of the thoracic structure.
I believe that with the adequate/right knowledge of chest wall surgery, together with some notions of biomechanics, Pectus Up is an easily reproducible technique.
Initially, there might be uncertainty about the traction capacity of the system, but as experience progresses and with the latest evolution of the Pectus Up, it proves to be a safe and effective option in selected cases.
This technique presents an important advantage. It modifies the chest wall without invading the pleural space, which facilitates a faster recovery and less hospitalisation in comparison with other techniques.
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