The Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) is an advanced treatment that helps children with severe chest deformities breathe. It is a curved metal rod that we place near your child’s spine. VEPTR is an important tool in treating thoracic insufficiency syndrome (TIS) and scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
Frequently Asked Questions
VEPTR at Children’s National Hospital
VEPTR: What to expect
Benefits of VEPTR for children
Providers of VEPTR
Matthew Evan Oetgen, MD
Departments that Offer VEPTR
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children's National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation, with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.