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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-22

Internal thoracic rib plating: A minimally invasive system for the management of displaced rib fractures


Department of Surgery, UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Correspondence Address:
Douglas H Anderson
Department of Surgery, UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jctt.jctt_14_19

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Rib fractures are common following blunt chest trauma and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Surgical stabilization and rib fixation (SSRF), or rib plating, is an increasingly utilized treatment for displaced rib fractures. SSRF is most commonly performed with an external plate construct, often requiring extensive dissection and soft-tissue mobilization. This article discusses a novel minimally invasive system for SSRF using video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).


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