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There are currently various different treatment techniques for Pectus Excavatum, some of which are surgical and others not.

Surgery is appropriate for Pectus excavatum under the following circumstances: A Heller Index equal to or greater than 3.25; progression in the deformity; presence of a restrictive or obstructive pulmonary disease; previous failure in Pectus Excavatum treatment; cardiac compression or displacement; or a prolapsed mitral valve.

Surgical treatment of Pectus Excavatum

There is now a new treatment for Pectus Excavatum, a surgical method known as Taulinoplastia (see Taulinoplastia and Pectus Up Surgery Kit), which uses an extra-thoracic technique that makes it possible to correct Pectus Excavatum in a minimally invasive way. Taulinoplastia uses a surgical kit called a Pectus Up Surgery Kit. It is comprised of an implant, Pectus Up, which is placed subcutaneously, and a series of surgical tools. Taulinoplastia is a very minimally invasive procedure involving little pain, which requires a short period of convalescence and has no serious complications. The implant is removed after 3-4 years – though it may remain in place for much longer – using a very simple, risk-free procedure.

Taulinoplastia has opened up new possibilities in surgical treatment for Pectus Excavatum, providing patients with greater security and increasing the age range within which to be treated while making the surgical process easier for medical professionals given the process is not very complex.

* Sternotomy is a surgical approach for particular surgeries, including thoracic surgery. It works by opening and separating the sternum to gain access to the thoracic organs and structures, e.g. the heart and the great vessels. Naturally, this procedure takes place under general anaesthetic.