Acta Ortopédica Mexicana

Nolasco-de la Rosa AL, Mosiñoz-Montes R, Matehuala-García J, Cuautle-Ramírez AA, Román-Guzmán E, Reyes-Miranda AL, Quero-Sandoval F
Thoracic inestability fixed with bioabsorbable screws and plates
Acta Ortop Mex 2016; 30 (6)

Language: Español
References: 18
Page: 311-315
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Background: Flail chest is managed with mechanical ventilation or inhaloteraphy and analgesia. Little has been published on the use of bioabsorbable material and its evolution in flail chest fixation. Methods: This is a descriptive study of patients with unstable chest undergoing fixation with bioabsorbable plates and screws in a period from February 2009 to December 2011. Results: We report 18 cases, aged 33-74 years (mean 53), three with bilateral involvement; rib fixation was performed between 1-21 days of the accident (mean 1.5). They started walking the next day in 14 cases; postoperative stay was four days (range 3-14). The heart rate of patients prior to surgery was 90 per minute (range 82-100) and lowered to 84 after fixation (range 82-92), preoperative respiratory rate was 26 per minute (range 22-28) and below 22 per minute (range 20 to 26) in postoperative period. Conclusions: The use of bioabsorbable material for osteosynthesis of costal fractures did not show side effects in our period of study.

Key words: Flail chest, plates, bioabsorbable screw, fixation.