A 39-year-old member asked:
what is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Raymond Raven answered
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends: Most rib fractured are treated by supportive care, that is by addressing the pain associated with the fractures but not treating the fracture directly. Rib fractures are treated surgically with plates and screws when associated with injured organs (spleen, liver, etc) in order to decrease the risk of further injury and complications.
Answered on Sep 17, 2015
Dr. Benjamin Taylor answered
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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