MIS Rib Fracture Fixation with US Launch of Depuy Synthes CMF MatrixRIB™ System

DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, has announced the U.S. launch of new instrumentation that enables less invasive surgical fixation and stabilization of rib fractures. The MatrixRIB™ System offers precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws and intramedullary splints.


It is estimated that more than 350,000 people are affected by rib fractures each year in the United States alone. These fractures are associated with respiratory complications, prolonged hospitalization, prolonged pain, long-term disability and mortality.

Surgical osteosynthesis of severe rib fractures possesses advantages compared with non-surgical treatments in a number of areas. It typically offers reduced duration of mechanical ventilation support, shortened ICU stays and hospitalization, better secretion management, and minimized chest wall deformities resulting from trauma.

MatrixRIB™ Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis (MIPO) instrumentation was designed to provide surgeons with improved 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 9o degree screwdriver with drilling capability.

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 stabilization of rib fractures, fusions and osteotomies of normal and osteoporotic bone.

DePuy Synthes CMF says MatrixRIB is the only rib fixation system that is approved by the AO Foundation, a medically guided nonprofit organization led by an international group of surgeons specialized in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Physician comments

“Surgical fixation and stabilization 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 Adam Shiroff, MD, FACS, Chief of Trauma, Jersey Shore University Medical System and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Medical School. “The instrumentation facilitates a less invasive rib fixation procedure, and a less invasive procedure may result in less pain, quicker recovery and reduced hospitalization.”

Source: DePuy Synthes CMF