Professor Karen Redmond, along with Professor Manuel López Paredes, operated on a 17-year-old boy affected by Pectus Excavatum, also called a sunken or funnel chest, at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin.
In addition to Professors Redmond and López, the surgery was also attended by Mr Shyam Kolvekar. Mr Kolvekar is one of the leading cardiac surgeons treating chest deformities in London. He currently practices at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The Wellington Clinic, Harley Street Clinic, The London Clinic and The Private Clinic.
Professor Redmond is a thoracic and lung transplant surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of Pectus Excavatum patients, as well as minimally invasive procedures including robotics for lung cancer and other complex pulmonary, airway and chest wall conditions.
During her training, Professor Redmond received the Gold Medal in Surgery from University College Dublin, the Thoracic Medal from the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland prior to completing her cardiothoracic and transplant surgery training at Toronto General and affiliated Hospitals, Canada.
She has also been a consultant at the Royal Brompton Harefield NHS Trust and at Imperial College London for some years prior to returning to Ireland in 2011.
As Professor Redmond has now performed the first Pectus Up surgery on a patient affected by Pectus Excavatum in Great Britain and Ireland, this will allow Irish adult patients over 14 years of age to be treated with this innovative extra thoracic technique.
Professor Manuel López Paredes, current head of Pediatric Surgery at Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona and Secretary of the executive committee of the Chest Wall International Group (CWIG), is an expert surgeon in the surgical treatment of Pectus Excavatum, more specifically with the Pectus Up.
López is also a renowned and recognized surgeon in urological laparoscopy and minimally invasive advanced surgical techniques. He is a member of the IPEG group (International of Pediatric Endoscopic Surgeon), of the ESPES (European Society of Pediatric Endoscopic Surgeon), of which he was a founding member, and is a professor at the Pediatric Surgery faculty at IRCAD (Laparoscopic training center).
Thanks to his high experience level in the Pectus Up technique, Professor López is a referent surgeon in this innovative and minimally invasive technique, both as a surgeon specialized in the surgical treatment of the Pectus Excavatum and also for his valuable contribution in the training of other worldwide professionals.
The Pectus Up, developed by Ventura Medical Technologies, has been a major technological innovation in the field of chest surgery for the treatment of Pectus Excavatum, since it is an extrathoracic method that significantly reduces the complexity and risks of surgery. the recovery time and the pain.
The number of European countries using the technique has increased with the addition of Ireland in the implementation of the Pectus Up as an innovative alternative to traditional treatments for Pectus Excavatum.
In Great Britain, Dr. Nagarajan Muthialu, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, had previously took part in a Pectus Up surgery in Barcelona.