Until a few years ago, for a Pectus excavatum surgical repair, two different procedures were performed:
- The NUSS procedure: a metal bar is placed inside the chest to lift up the thorax.
- The Ravitch procedure: to surgically raise the sternum, the costochondral joints are removed.
However, these interventions could cause significant complications such as cardiac perforation, pleural effusion, and erosion of the pulmonary vessels, infections or displacement of the bar.
Currently, Doctor Benito offers a safe and definitive method. The Anatomik Modeling Company creates a custom-made implant based on the thorax deformity using a CT scan (CAT). The implant covers and adapts to the entire defect. It can be reshaped and adjusted in situ during the surgery so that the contours are noticed as little as possible.
Antiaging Group Barcelona is the only Spanish centre of reference for AnatomikModeling. Doctor Benito has received theoretical and practical training on the computerized construction of 3D implants and the distinct intervention techniques.
This plastic surgery should be carried out when body development has finished. It is very difficult to achieve perfect symmetry as the defect involves the absence of several tissues at the same time.