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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

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Douglas H Anderson
Department of Surgery, UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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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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