Definition : Approximators designed to bring rib edges into proximity during surgical procedures. These approximators are usually manual, handheld instruments with two arms pivoted at the center; the distal ends are configured to hold a rib in an anatomically correct position. The proximal ends are configured as handles to manipulate the approximator arms. Rib approximators are typically used in procedures intended to reattach one rib portion to another in order to complete the structure.
Entry Terms : "Rib Contractors" , "Rib Approximators" , "Approximators, Cardiothoracic" , "Cardiothoracic Approximators"
UMDC code : 20979