How long have you known about the technique of custom implants for pectus excavatum?
I have known about this technique for a little more than 6 years if memory serves me correctly.
In what way would you say that this technique differs from the others?
This technique is more accurate and it makes a surgeon’s life easier as he no longer has to “recut” the implants for them to fit better into the cavity.
How does the patient benefit from this?
It has made pre-operative organisation and the visual display of the defect easier and outcomes have been improved.
What do you think the future holds for “3D surgery” and custom‑made?
This technique has a great future ahead of it in several areas of reconstruction. Due to the accuracy obtained, you can now reconstruct the adequate volume into the desired shape.
Franck Duteille, PhD - Platic Surgery Department, Nantes University Hospital