Fixing Ribs-rib op on screen

Fixing Ribs-rib op on screen

View from fiber-optic camera inserted into chest

The surgeons' view, via a fiber-optic camera and a thoracoscope inserted low in the chest, shows the curved ribs, the reddish intercostal muscles between them, and a fixation plate in the process of being attached to a rib to fix, or stabilize, it. After the bolts are secured, the thin cables they were suspended on are withdrawn through a small incision.

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