The RibLoc® Family

ACUTE Innovations® developed the U-shape plate technology that retains stability better than an anterior approach for rib plating2 while allowing a customizable solution for each patient and situation.

U-Shape Technology

During installation, the anterior plate can track superiorly-inferiorly to neurovascular bundle impingement and reduce screw purchase.

RibLoc’s U-shape avoids impingement of the neurovascular bundle.2

The U-shape also maintains stability without relying on screw threads engaging into bone.3

Using cadaver ribs plated with a small gap, a 4.6cm long RibLoc plate with 4 screws was statistically superior in durability to an anterior plate of over twice the length and 6 screws after only 50,000 breathing cycles.4

This was evaluated based on stiffness loss, as shown. Additionally, the reduced length of the RibLoc plate may facilitate a less invasive technique.3

Fracture Patterns

Comminuted Fracture

Definition: A comminuted rib fracture is one in which the bone is broken, splintered or crushed into at least three separate pieces.  This type of fracture can be challenging to treat due to the complexity of the break.

Recommendation: RibLoc plates offer intermediate locking screws that will help to provide stabilization to those additional bone fragments.

Oblique Fracture

Definition: An oblique fracture is a slanted or angled fracture of the shaft along the bone’s long axis, typically resulting in a sharp angle to the fracture.

Recommendation: Oblique fractures of the rib can range from semi-simple or lateral fractures, to severely angular. The diversity in lengths of RibLoc Plates were designed to offer significant benefit and superior stability to almost all lengths of oblique rib fractures.

Segmental Fracture

Definition: A segmental fracture in a bone is one in which several large bone fragments separate from the main body of a fractured bone.  The ends of the fragments may pierce into the chest cavity.

Recommendation: In situations where the segmental fractures are not in relative proximity to each other, the shorter RibLoc plates can easily stabilize those fractures. When there are segmental fractures located further apart, RibLoc offers longer plates to stabilize multiple fractures simultaneously.

Spiral Fracture

Definition: A spiral rib fracture is helical, caused by a twisting force.  You may also hear spiral fractures referred to as torsion fractures, in reference to the forces involved.  In a spiral fracture the bone has been twisted apart along the bone's long axis.

Recommendation: RibLoc plates can provide stabilization to the long sections of fractured ribs while the intermediate screws of these plates are ideal for securing the bone fragments.