2018 Volume 32 Issue 1 Pages 20-25
In recent years, chest wall fixation has been reported to be useful for reducing the duration of both mechanical ventilation and intensive care unit stays for patients with flail chest. At our hospital, we perform chest wall fixation in a positive manner with a titanium mandible locking plate (Matrix MANDIBLE® DePuy Synthes). Herein, we present clinical evaluations of four patients with flail chest (multiple rib fractures in three and sternal fracture in one) who underwent chest wall fixation at our hospital over the past two years. We consider this approach to be useful for flail chest because of quick weaning from mechanical ventilation after surgery, and its fixation strength and firm reconstruction of the chest wall.