Indications for Use
Features and Benefits
Sterile and single-packed
110 mm x 14 mm x 1.8 mm
70:30 L/DL-lactide blend
Maintains strength and stability for up to six months1
Fully resorbed within 18-24 months through hydrolysis1
Textured for easy handling and visibility
Can be cut or molded to match the rib curvature
Plates can be stacked for increased rigidity and/or length
BioBridge Resorbable Chest Wall Stabilization Plate Animated System Overview
Applications and Techniques
Costochondral Junction Repair
Fractured cartilage caused by trauma or during a thoracotomy can be challenging to repair and require extended healing time. BioBridge can be used to stabilize the fracture through reduction and compression.
During a modified Ravitch procedure, BioBridge can be used as a nonpermanent strut instead of using suture alone. This technique provides added support to the elevated sternum, with the goal of reducing recurrence of the pectus deformity. The document BioBridge Open Pectus Repair Surgical Technique provides precise information about this technique.
Chest Wall Reconstruction
Reconstruction may be indicated due to chest wall tumors (benign and malignant), radiation necrosis, contiguous lung or breast cancer and lung/chest wall infections2,3 and trauma. The reconstruction technique, as described in BioBridge Chest Wall Reconstruction Surgical Technique provides long-term chest wall stability through bone healing and/or soft tissue scarring.
An osteotomy or iatrogenic fracture of the ribs during thoracotomy has been associated with post thoracotomy pain4,5. BioBridge is ideal for internal stabilization of these types of fractures if a nonpermanent solution is desired.
- Data on file at Acumed.
- Downey RJ, Rusch V, Hsu FI, Leon L, Venkatraman E, Linehan D, Bains M, van Zee K, Korst R, Ginsberg R. Chest wall resection for locally recurrent breast cancer: is it worthwhile? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2000 Mar; 119(3): 420-8.
- Martini N, Huvos AG, Burt ME, Heelan RT, Bains MS, McCormack PM, Rusch VW, Weber M, Downey RJ, Ginsberg RJ. Predictors of survival in malignant tumors of the sternum. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1996 Jan; 111(1): 96-105; discussion 105-6.
- Alex G. Little, MD, Walter H. Merrill, MD. 2011. Complications in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Avoidance and Treatment.
- Karmakar MK, Ho AM. Postthoracotomy pain syndrome. <em>Thorac Surg Clin.</em> 2004 Aug; 14(3):345-52