Rib Fixation Overview

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Rib fractures are among the most common injuries occurring in approximately 10 percent of all blunt trauma patients.1 Fortunately, there are options available to support your healing process, depending on the severity of the fracture.

As you prepare for surgery, you may want to review your surgeon’s options for rib fixation. Knowing your options will allow you to make an informed decision on what fixation system will most effectively stabilize your rib, minimize pain, and help get you back to the activities that you enjoy most.

Zimmer Biomet provides the most comprehensive rib fixation solutions with RibFix Advantage® and RibFix Blu®.

RibFix Advantage is an innovative technique that allows for a less invasive approach, from inside the chest wall. RibFix Blu is a traditional technique utilizing plates and screws to secure the rib.

Rib fracture fixation results will vary due to the severity of injuries, health, weight, activity, and other variables. Not all patients are candidates for this product and/or procedure. Only a medical professional can determine the treatment appropriate for your specific condition.

Talk to your surgeon about whether rib fixation is right for you and the risks associated, which may include poor bone formation, infection, or fracture of the device. For a complete list of risks associated with Zimmer Biomet’s rib fixation system, see Patient Risk Information.

  Patient Education Materials

  1. Bemelman, M., de Kruijf, M. W., van Baal, M., & Leenen, L. (2017). Rib Fractures: To Fix or Not to Fix? An Evidence-Based Algorithm. The Korean journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 50(4), 229–234. https://doi.org/10.5090/kjtcs.2017.50.4.229

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Talk to your surgeon about whether Rib Fixation is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risk of implant wear, loosening or failure, and pain, swelling and infection. Zimmer Biomet does not practice medicine; only a surgeon can answer your questions regarding your individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.