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FIVE YEARS WITH PECTUS UP

The Pectus Up is introduced at the European Congress in Paris after five years of experience

Ventura Medical Technologies’ team joined Parc Taulí Hospital of Sabadell in the 19th European Pediatric Surgeons’ Association Congress that was held last June in Paris (France). In the congress, the comparative results between the innovative Pectus Up technique and the Nuss method, both used for the treatment of the Pectus Excavatum, were introduced.

 Dr. Josué Eduardo Betancourth-Alvarenga, associate of the Pediatric Surgery Service of the Hospital Taulí, was in charge of presenting five years of experience with the Pectus Up. The study included data on the first patients operated on in the clinical trial, started in 2012, up to the last, intervened in 2016. Through all these years, the minimally invasive Pectus Up surgical technique, as well as the implant itself, have undergone different evolutions to improve the results and thus avoid any recurrence that could arise in its initial development stages.

The study concluded that the Pectus Up, despite being a recently developed technique, represents a safe and effective treatment for patients affected by Pectus Excavatum, with similar results to the use of a method with over 20 years of evolution, as is Nuss’s, but with remarkable advantages over the latter.

Pectus Up reduces the time in the operating room, postoperative pain and hospital stay, but the main advantage of the technique lies in the fact that it is extrathoracic, therefore it does not invade the mediastinum or the pleural cavity, thus reducing the risk of damaging the vital organs of the thorax; in short, a good alternative in the fixing of the Pectus Excavatum.

During the congress, Pectus Up results were also presented when used as a hybrid technique in minimally invasive interventions for patients with a severe Pectus Excavatum index (Haller Index). In this case, the bottom line is that as a result of the experience gained in Hospital Taulí, the Pectus Up is also considered a safe and reproducible procedure to reduce the potential life-threatening risks for the patient, when used as a complement to other surgical techniques.