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Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Sep;88(3):1034-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.12.032.

Novel fixation technique for the surgical repair of lung hernias.

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Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


We describe a novel technique for dealing with the rare complication of post-traumatic or post-thoracotomy lung herniation. The method uses techniques and fixation devices that have been developed for stabilization and fixation of the spine and surgical management of scoliosis. It allows for a secure, reliable, and easily reproducible fixation of the chest-wall in patients with large intercostal lung hernias using standard spinal instruments.

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