Thoracoscopic, minimally invasive rib fixation after trauma


Journal Article

© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Rib fractures and flail chest are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Operative rib fixation has been shown to improve patient outcomes. In an attempt to decrease postoperative pain and wound infection rates, we performed rib fixation using a thoracoscopic approach. A 43-year-old trauma patient underwent thoracoscopic rib fixation with placement of a bioabsorbable plate. Postoperatively, the patient was extubated on post-operative day (POD) 1 and no longer required supplemental oxygen on POD5. This case demonstrates that thoracoscopic rib fixation is technically feasible and safe.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zens, T; Beems, MV; Agarwal, S

Published Date

  • April 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 142 - 146

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1460-4086

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1460408616681600

Citation Source

  • Scopus