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Fig. 3

From: Application of 3D printing and framework internal fixation technology for high complex rib fractures

Fig. 3

Operation diagram of framework locking plate internal fixation. a The shaped locking plate was inserted into the patient’s third rib through the right axillary incision. As expected before the operation, the two ends were well attached to the intended fixed position of the fracture line. There were multiple fractures in the middle, and the locking plate could easily travel through the space between the locking plate and the rib. b Through the right axillary incision, the patient’s third rib was fixed to the normal ribs at the distal end of the fracture line with 3 screws (arrows indicate the fracture ends). c The middle fracture segments were fixed to the locking plate with steel wires and screws. Deformities such as sunken ribs were corrected, and the shape recovered well

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