Review of Currently Available Tools of the Trade

  • Silvana Marasco
  • Jose J. DiazJr.Email author


The science of chest wall injury has continued to grow. The understanding of the mechanics of the chest wall and the various injury patterns has become better understood. This has allowed surgeons to study how to improve on the management of chest wall injury. The surge in technology on implant development had been significant in the last 10 years. In addition, the concept of absorbable prostheses for the purpose of rib fractures and sternal injuries has made it to the market. Since the introduction of the laparoscope in the 1990s and the recognition of minimally invasive surgical approaches, these techniques have demonstrated improved patient outcomes. The latest advancements on chest wall injury have been related to minimally invasive approach. Surgeons are focusing on smaller incisions, sparing major muscle groups resulting in less damage, and a quicker return to function. As surgeons develop new surgical techniques and approaches, industry has had to innovate and make instruments to function in smaller sizes dementions.


Chest wall injury Bioresorbable prostheses for chest injury Rib fracture plating system Intramedullary fixation of fractured ribs Rib splints 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryThe Alfred HospitalMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Division Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, R Adams Cowley Shock TraumaUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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