Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Rib (VEPTR/VEPTR II), A Humanitarian Use Device
The VEPTR/VEPTR II is used for the treatment of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS). TIS is the inability of the chest to support normal breathing or lung growth due to misshapen bones. The purpose of this device is to give the rib cage room to grow by making the chest larger, longer or more normal in size for children that suffer from chest wall and/or spine defects. Specific details about the device and related procedures can be found here.
This is a humanitarian use device (HUD) which means the VEPTR/VEPTR II is used to treat a disease or condition that affects fewer than 4,000 people in the U.S. per year and no other comparable device is available for treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the use of HUDs based on evidence that is does not pose a significant risk of injury to the patient and that the potential benefit of the device outweighs the risk of its use.