By: 19 December 2013

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DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, has announced the launch of new instrumentation that enable less invasive surgical fixation and stabilisation of rib fractures with the company’s MatrixRIB™ System of precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws and intramedullary splints.
MatrixRIBTM Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis (MIPO) instrumentation was designed to provide surgeons with less invasive access, through small incisions, to rib fractures including difficult to reach sub-scapula rib fractures. The new instruments include a Trocar, Threaded Reduction Tool (TRT) with self-drilling tip, and 90 degree screwdriver with drilling capability.

“Surgical fixation and stabilisation of painful rib fractures is a growing procedure and the introduction of new MIPO instrumentation should help make it an even more attractive option for both surgeons and patients,” said Karl Zerderfeldt, Group Marketing Manager, DePuy Synthes CMF.  

Rib fractures are associated with respiratory complications, prolonged hospitalization, prolonged pain, long-term disability and mortality.1
The potential benefits of surgical stabilisation (osteosynthesis) of severe rib fractures over non-surgical treatments include reduced duration of mechanical ventilation support, shortened ICU stays and hospitalisation, better secretion management through efficient cough, and minimised chest wall deformities resulting from trauma.2,3

More than 5,000 patients worldwide have received MatrixRIB implants since the System was launched in 2009. The MatrixRIB System is indicated for the fixation and stabilisation of rib fractures, fusions and osteotomies of normal and osteoporotic bone.*

MatrixRIBTM is the only rib fixation system that is approved by the AO Foundation, an independent medically guided nonprofit organisation led by an international group of surgeons specialised in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. For more information, visit

1. Nirula R, Mayberry JC.:”Rib fracture fixation: controversies and technical challenges.” The American Surgeon. 2010 Aug;76(8):793-802.
2. Ahmed Z, Mohyuddin Z: “Management of flail chest injury: internal fixation versus endotracheal intubation and ventilation.”, J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1995 Dec;110(6):1676-80
3. Tanaka H, Yukioka T, Yamaguti Y, Shimizu S, Goto H, Matsuda H, Shimazaki S: “Surgical stabilization of internal pneumatic stabilization. A prospective randomized study of management of severe flail chest patients.”, J Trauma. 2002;52(4):727-32; discussion 32