Surgical fixation of rib fractures with clips and titanium bars (STRATOS System). Preliminary experience.
Summary of "Surgical fixation of rib fractures with clips and titanium bars (STRATOS System). Preliminary experience."
Rib fractures are very common in closed chest injuries. The majority of these patients suffer significant pain with movement and cough. The purpose of this study is to assess the usefulness of titanium rib bars and clips in stabilising rib fractures. MATERIAL AND
Twenty-two patients with rib fractures were treated with open reduction and internal fixation between 2008 and 2009. Indications for treatment were defined as; 1) Patients with unstable chest (13 patients), 2) Patients with pain or instability due to rib fractures (6 patients), and 3) Significant traumatic deformities of the chest wall (3 patients). Age, traumatic mechanism, chest and associated injuries, surgical data, complications and follow-up were prospectively analysed. The surgical technique is described.
The majority of patients were extubated immediately after surgery. All patients with pain or instability showed a subjective improvement or disappearance of pain after the surgery. Four patients had a wound infection which had to be drained. After 3 months, 55% of the patients had returned to work or normal life. The results in each group are described.
Open reduction with internal fixation of rib fractures is a good alternative. The use of titanium rib bars and clips give good clinical results, are easy to apply and have few complications.
Servicio de Cirugía Torácica, Hospital POVISA, Vigo, España.
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Name: Cirugia espanola
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20638653
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ciresp.2010.06.004
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Jaw Fixation Techniques
The stable placement of surgically induced fractures of the mandible or maxilla through the use of elastics, wire ligatures, arch bars, or other splints. It is used often in the cosmetic surgery of retrognathism and prognathism. (From Dorland, 28th ed, p636)
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