Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome is the inability of the thorax to support normal respiration or lung growth.
It occurs in young children with severe rib and chest wall malformations often associated with scoliosis.
VEPTR is designed to mechanically stabilize and distract the thorax to improve respiration and lung growth in infantile and juvenile patients.
VEPTR devices control and may correct scoliosis.
One or more devices are attached perpendicularly to the patient’s natural ribs (superior attachment point) and to more caudal ribs, a lumbar vertebra or to the ilium (inferior attachment point).
This is done through a standard thoracotomy incision by performing an opening wedge thoracostomy.
Regular expansion, anatomic distraction, and replacement of components through less invasive surgery are carried out as the child grows.