More people with the rare congenital condition thoracic insufficiency syndrome will be finding help from a vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib devices made by DePuy Synthes Spine, a Johnson & Johnson company.
FDA News is reporting DePuy Synthes Spine just won FDA 510(k) clearance for its VEPTR and VEPTR II vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib devices. The devices, comprised of curved titanium rods, are surgically attached to the ribs, spine or pelvis to stabilize and straighten the spine and promote normal growth and development.
The treatment has been available since 2004 under a humanitarian device exemption.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia surgeon Robert Campbell, Jr., an inventor of the VEPTR and VEPTR II, says the broader 510(k) clearance will likely result in more hospitals and surgeons offering the treatment for TIS.
DePuy Synthes Spine also has an office in Raynham, Mass. The Daily Local News reports the medical device firm employs about 1,700 people in Chester County.
Read the FDA news report here.