DePuy Synthes

MatrixRIB® Fixation System

DePuy Synthes

MatrixRIB® Fixation System

Learn more about MatrixRIB® System, the DePuy Synthes Surgical Rib Fixation (SRF) solution.

MatrixRIB® Fixation System

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The MatrixRIB® Fixation System: A Treatment Option for SRF

The MatrixRIB® Fixation System is indicated for the fixation and stabilization of rib fractures, fusions and osteotomies (the surgical cutting or removal of bone) of normal and osteoporotic bone. Refer to the MatrixRIB Fixation System Product Insert or Surgical Technique Guide for the complete indications for use.

How It Works

The low-profile plates are designed to fit the average curve of the rib and maintain function of the rib cage to allow you to breathe normally. Depending on the location of the fracture(s), the plates can be placed using a minimally invasive technique through a small incision. The plate is laid across the fracture and fixed in place to allow the bone to heal properly.
Support for the MatrixRIB Fixation System

Support for the MatrixRIB Fixation System

In a 16-month survey based on 50 patients treated with MatrixRIB Fixation System:3

  • Of patients who were employed at the time of injury, 33 of 36 (92%) patients returned to work at the same job that they performed pre-injury
  • 84% of patients reported no pain and that the discomfort was completely gone by about 5.4 weeks after discharge
  • 94% stated that they would recommend the MatrixRIB Fixation System to friends and family if they suffered significant rib fracture injuries
male patient post rib fixation surgery with child

Reasons to Consider SRF

SRF may:

  • Reduce the total number of ventilator days 4,5,6

  • Reduce the total number of days spent in the ICU & hospital 4,5
  • Get you back to work faster 3
  • Reduce rib discomfort 3


"When I learned that it could potentially speed my recovery, there was really no question in my mind that I wanted to move ahead with it, and I’m very glad we did."

– Bill T., MatrixRIB Fixation Patient



1. Landercasper J, Cogbill TH, Lindesmith LA. Long-term Disability after flail chest injury. J Trauma.1984;24(5):410-4.
2. Simon B, Ebert J, Bokhari F, et al. Management of pulmonary contusion and flail chest: an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma practice management guideline. J Trauma Acute Care Surgery. 2012;73(5 Suppl 4):S351-61.
3. Majercik S, Cannon Q, Granger SR, Vanboerum DH, White TW. Long-term patient outcomes after surgical stabilization of rib fractures. Am J Surg. 2014;208(1):88-92.
4. Leinicke JA, Elmore L, Freeman BD, Colditz GA. Operative management of rib fractures in the setting of flail chest: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Surg. 2013;258(6):914-21.
5. Slobogean GP, MacPherson CA, Sun T, Pelletier ME, Hameed SM. Surgical fixation vs non-operative management of flail chest: a meta-analysis. J Am Coll Surg. 2013;216(2):302-11.
6. Pieracci FM, LinY, Rodil M, Snyder M, Herbert B, Tran DK, Stoval RT, Johnson JL, Biffl WL, Barnett CC, Cothren-Burlew C, Fox C, Jurkovich, GJ, Moore EE. A prospective, controlled clinical evaluation of surgical stabilization of severe rib fractures. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Feb; 80(2): 187-94.

Only a surgeon trained in rib fracture fixation can provide advice about whether rib fracture fixation surgery is right for you. See a surgeon to learn more. The performance of surgical plates and splints for the fixation and stabilization of ribs depends on the severity of the injury, age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. Each patient and surgeon must weigh the benefits of surgery against potential risks.

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