What is the role of surgery in the treatment of rib fracture?

Updated: Jun 13, 2017
  • Author: Sarah L Melendez, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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In a  meta-analysis of 22 studies of patients with rib fractures who underwent open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF),  ORIF was found to achieve lower mortality, shorter duration of mechanical ventilation and hospital length of stay, and a decreased incidence of pneumonia and the need for tracheostomy.{ref1-INVALID REFERENCE}


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