The surgical correction of Pectus Excavatum using the Pectus Up Surgery Kit system is extra-thoracic with no invasion of the pleural cavity or the mediastinum.
Normal development of the chest is unimpeded.
The technique uses the Pectus Up Surgery Kit system (comprised of a set of implants and tools) which exercises an external lifting force on the sternum to place it in the desired position. This technique saves the patient from iatrogenesis both when placing and when removing the device and normal chest development is unimpeded.
The implant is designed to adapt well to the chest. It is a plate which is placed subcutaneously in the presternal area; the sternum is raised until the sunken effect is corrected using a traction system (cancellous bone screw and extractor system). This manoeuvre minimises tissue damage when raising the sternum and does no damage to the internal organs in the chest.
There are two types of Pectus Up Surgery Kit which are used, depending on the type and shape of the Pectus Excavatum, with which one or two elevators may be used to correct the deformity on a more individual basis.