The Vascular Rings Program treats children with severe vascular rings, using innovative and proven surgical methods to relieve pressure on the trachea and esophagus.
Vascular ring describes an unusual formation of the aorta and the blood vessels around it. Children are diagnosed with vascular rings when their trachea (the tube that carries air to the lungs) and their esophagus (the tube that carries food to the stomach) are circled by a ring of blood vessels. Typically, the ring puts pressure on the trachea and esophagus, which can make it hard to breathe and eat.
Lurie Children’s surgeons have pioneered a number of procedures to advance the methods used to correct many different kinds of vascular rings. Our physicians were the first in the world to successfully repair a pulmonary artery sling, and continue to operate on more pulmonary artery slings than any other hospital in North America.
We’ve also pioneered procedures such as the pericardial tracheoplasty, the tracheal autograft and Kommerell’s diverticulum.
Our significant historic contributions to the understanding and treatment of children with vascular ring include: