Resorbable Chest Wall
ACUTE Innovations® BioBridge Resorbable Chest Wall Stabilization Plate is a versatile, non-permanent solution for chest wall stabilization. It was specifically designed to offer strength that exceeds typical chest wall loading4 and a resorption time that outlasts typical bone healing time4.
Features & Benefits
BioBridge® is non-permanent, versatile, and customizable:
• Sterile and single-packed
• 110mm x 14mm x 1.8mm
• 70:30 L/DL-lactide blend
• Maintains strength and stability for up to six months4
• Fully resorbed within 18-24 months through hydrolysis4
• Textured for easy handling and visibility
• Can be cut or molded to match the rib curvature
• Plates can be stacked for increased rigidity and/or length
Indications for Use
In general, BioBridge is used for:
In the presence of appropriate additional immobilization or fixation, indicated for maintaining the alignment and fixation of bone fractures, osteotomies, arthrodeses or bone grafts.
Maintenance of relative position of weak bony tissue (e.g., bone grafts, bone graft substitutes, or bone fragments from comminuted fractures).
Trauma and reconstructive procedures.
Specifically, BioBridge can also be used on:
Metacarpus, proximal and middle phalangeal bones.
Long bones, flat bones, short bones, irregular bones, appendicular skeleton, and thorax.
Applications & Techniques
Costochondral Junction Repair
Fractured cartilage caused by trauma or during a thoracotomy can be challenging to repair and require extended healing time. BioBridge can be used to stabilize the fracture through reduction and compression.
During a modified Ravitch procedure, BioBridge can be used as a non-permanent strut instead of using suture alone.
This technique provides added support to the elevated sternum, with the goal of reducing recurrence of the pectus deformity. The document “Open Pectus Repair – BioBridge Sternal Support” provides precise information about this technique.
CHEST WALL RECONSTRUCTION
Reconstruction may be indicated due to chest wall tumors (benign and malignant), radiation necrosis, contiguous lung or breast cancer and lung/chest wall infections13,14 and trauma.
The reconstruction technique, as described in “Chest Wall Reconstruction Using Biomaterials” provides long-term chest wall stability through bone healing and/or soft tissue scarring.
An osteotomy or iatrogenic fracture of the ribs during thoracotomy has been associated with post thoracotomy pain5. BioBridge is ideal for internal stabilization of these types of fractures, if a non-permanent solution is desired.