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April 1975

The Split Rib TechniqueAn Approach to the Thoracic Cavity

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Department of Surgery, Deaconess Hospital, Milwaukee.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(4):442-443. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360100084016

The technique involves resecting a 1-cm section of rib posteriorly and then splitting the rib longitudinally with the Stryker saw or the neuroaerotome to the desired point anteriorly, where the rib is again divided. Blood loss on entering is minimized, reapproximation during closure is simpler and more secure than by other methods, and the patients experience little postoperative pain.