A New Method of Sternal Reclosure

G. Uretzky*, J. B. Borman, A. Appelbaum, G. Merin

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A new method is described for stabilizing dehiscence or instability of median sternotomy incisions using stainless steel retention sutures. The method has been used successfully in patients who had disruption of the sternum following open-heart surgery and resulted in no complications. It is recommended also as a preventive measure for closure of the sternum in elderly, debilitated patients with a fragile sternum and with prolonged low cardiac output after operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-83
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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