Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2014; 62(08): 728-729
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1363939
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A New Suture Technique Avoids Rib Fractures and Intercostal Nerve Trauma in Thoracotomy

Biaotong Huang
1  The 163th Hospital of PLA, Changsha, Hunan, China
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24 October 2013

25 November 2013

Publication Date:
09 June 2014 (eFirst)


This article describes an alternative suture technique for thoracotomy incisions. A modified mattress suture technique is used to fix the intercostal muscles. The described technique can prevent rib fractures and reduce the incidence of intercostal nerve injury. Also, this technique is easy to perform and is effective.