The combination of polytetrafluoroethylene mesh and titanium rib implants: an innovative process for reconstructing large full thickness chest wall defects.

@article{Berthet2012TheCO,
  title={The combination of polytetrafluoroethylene mesh and titanium rib implants: an innovative process for reconstructing large full thickness chest wall defects.},
  author={J. P. Berthet and J H Wihlm and Ludovic Canaud and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}rique Joyeux and Catalin Cosma and Keira Hireche and Pierre Alric and Charles-Henri Marty-An{\'e}},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={42 3},
  pages={444-53}
}
OBJECTIVES The reconstruction of large full thickness chest wall defect after resection of T3/T4 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or primary chest wall tumours presents a technical challenge for thoracic surgeons and is a critical factor in determining post-operative outcome. When the defect is large, complications are common with a 27% mean rate of respiratory morbidity. METHODS Since 2006, 31 patients underwent reconstruction for wide chest wall defects using titanium implants and strong… CONTINUE READING