Advanced Pectus Course 2017

Cureventions Team Attends Advanced Pectus Course

PHOENIX, AZ – October 2017- The Advanced Pectus Course had its 14th annual conference this fall at the JW Marriot, Desert Ridge Resort.  The course featured renowned faculty including Dr. Donald Nuss, Dr. Robert Kelly, Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski, Dr. Frank-Martin Haecker, Dr. Lisa McMahon, Dr. J. Craig Egan, Dr. David Notrica, Dr. Mark Molitor, Dr. Raj Singhal, Dr. Todd Nowlen, Dr. Devin Puapong, Dr. Cindy Bauer, Dr. Daniel Miller and Dr. Matt Thomas. ‘The two day course included lectures and hands on lab. The lectures included important thoracic topics, procedure updates, techniques to improve outcomes, and tips for overcoming difficult problems from the leading experts in the world. Improved post-operative pain management strategies for shorter hospitalization and multi-modal pain control to reduce readmissions were also discussed.’

CEO, Joseph Pongratz and Biomedical Engineer, Courtney Willson attended the conference not only to participate as Cureventions exhibitors , but also to learn more about the condition that they work so closely with every day. “Listening to the passion and knowledge that these surgeons have for medicine and learning about the world of Pectus was incredibly educational. The only way we can create a solution is to understand the problem, which was the main focus and goal in our two days here.” says Willson.

Joseph Pongratz demonstrating and explaining the technology of the Pectus emBrace to Dr. Donald Nuss and Dr. Robert Kelly.

Pongratz and Willson also took the opportunity to showcase two of Curevention’s products, most prominently the Pectus emBrace. As one of the newest products of the Cureventions line, the Pectus emBrace was developed to treat patients who have Pectus Carinatum. However, the approach uses the most comfortable and discreet bracing method available on the market to achieve higher patient compliance and ultimately shorter treatment times. The orthosis gained an overwhelmingly positive response from faculty members and is expected to set a new gold standard for Pectus Carinatum bracing systems throughout the world. “We met with doctors from Mexico, Switzerland, and throughout the United States that were absolutely thrilled with the brace’s design. We are so excited to reach these markets and offer this innovation internationally.” says Pongratz.


In addition to the Pectus emBrace, the team also presented Cureventions’s flagship product, the CurVest, which is now available in a series of pediatric sizes. Regardless of size, all CurVest products provide full-torso medical grade compression, which assists in post-operative recovery through stabilization of the thoracic region. Due to the attendance of surgeons who regularly perform thoracic procedures on conditions such as Pectus Carinatum/Excavatum or rib fracture, the Advanced Pectus Course provided the perfect environment for educating faculty about the added benefits of an external postoperative support. The patients undergoing these surgeries would highly benefit from the CurVest through aspects such as an increased recovery time and a lower chance of hospital readmission.


Photographs courtesy of Dana Gibbons Photography – Advanced Pectus Course 2017. 


The team plans on attending the next Advanced Pectus Course in Fall of 2018.



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