Taulinoplastia technique is being performed in several hospitals in Catalonia and Spain, that are now joined by Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (Can Ruti) from Badalona, Spain.
Dr. Pedro López de Castro, head of Thoracic Surgery Service in Can Ruti, and Dr. Esther Fernández Araujo, associated specialist in thoracic surgery in the same service, attended in April a training session organized in the UAB by Hospital Parc Taulí (Sabadell, Barcelona) in cooperation with Ventura Medical Technologies. Dr. López de Castro is a specialist in Thoracic and Thoracoscopic Surgery, as well as member of the Sociedad Española de Patología del Aparato Respiratorio (SEPAR), the Sociedad Catalana de Cirugía Torácica and the European Respiratory Society (ERS).
The Thoracic Surgery Service from this hospital, in addition to conducting investigation activities in both national and international projects, trains resident doctors in Thoracic Surgery and other specialties who must gain certain knowledge related to this kind of intervention.
Germans Trias i Pujol is a public hospital from Catalonia with more than 2500 health and non-health professionals providing high-complexity care in a reference area of 1.200.000 inhabitants. Besides, this institution conducts a high level of investigation via the Institut d’Investigació en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias i Pujol, and unversity teaching by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), which offers studies in biomedical sciences and medicine in the same center.
This center joins other hospitals in Spain and France in envisaging the inclusion in its service portfolio of this technique, for which it is technically preparing. This new extrathoracic and minimally invasive surgical method, Taulinoplastia, is being performed both in public and agreed or private hospitals to treat Pectus Excavatum affected patients. Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Hospital Clínico from Valladolid, Hospital Juan Carlos I in Móstoles (Madrid), as well as Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor from Barcelona, Hospital Universitary General de Catalunya in Sant Cugat (Barcelona), Centro Médico Teknon and Clínica Diagonal in Barcelona, Hospital de Barcelona, Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid) and Hôpital Nord-Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint Étienne (France) are the centers currently implanting the Pectus Up to fix this thoracic deformity.
More and more surgeons in Spain and other European countries, such as United Kingdom and Italy, but also in Latin America, such as Costa Rica or Peru, are showing interest in the training and the implantation of the Pectus Up.