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Live Webcast: VEPTR Titanium Rib Procedure From Children's Hospital Boston PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 October 2020
Thursday, Nov. 10, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (15:00 UTC), surgeons at Children’s Hospital Boston will implant a vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR™) in a pediatric patient during a live webcast at The webcast is part of Children’s ongoing effort to bring its cutting edge care and technology to specialists and referring physicians around the world and allow consumers to see the latest and most innovative medical treatments available.

John B. Emans, MD, director of the Division of Spinal Surgery at Children's Hospital Boston and professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, will perform the surgery. Dr. Emans specializes in pediatric spinal deformity and has used the expansion thoracostomy and the VEPTR™ device for the treatment of thoracic insufficiency syndrome (TIS) in 31 children with rib fusions and 38 children overall since 1999.

Moderating the live broadcast will be James R. Kasser, MD, Orthopedic surgeon-in-chief and professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Daniel J. Hedequist, MD, a spinal surgeon at Children's with expertise in congenital spine deformity and experience with titanium rib implantation. Drs. Emans, Kasser and Hedequist will answer e-mail questions from viewers during the live broadcast.

“Chest wall expansion and VEPTR™ insertion with periodic expansions may be the preferable treatment for young children with chest wall deformity and scoliosis because it allows both to continue to grow. A multidisciplinary team and care of the soft tissues are as important as the bony operation itself,” says Dr. Emans.

VEPTR™ is used to treat TIS, a condition caused by congenital or early onset scoliosis or by hypoplastic thorax syndromes. Deformities of the chest wall, rib cage and spine developing in young children can restrict lung growth or complicate breathing, resulting in TIS. Traditional treatments of early onset spine and chest wall deformity, such as spinal fusion, focused on the vertebral column deformity and often restricted growth of the spine. The VEPTR™ procedure addresses both chest wall and spine deformity directly.

After initial implantation, the VEPTR™ devices are periodically expanded, allowing growth of spine, chest and lungs.

A program preview is currently available at

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 October 2020 )
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