A review of sternal closure techniques.

  title={A review of sternal closure techniques.},
  author={Adel MF. Alhalawani and Mark R. Towler},
  journal={Journal of biomaterials applications},
  volume={28 4},
Sternotomy and sternal closure occur prior to and post cardiac surgery, respectively. Although post-operative complications associated with poor sternal fixation can result in morbidity, mortality, and considerable resource utilization, sternotomy is preferred over other methods such as lateral thoracotomy. Rigid sternal fixation is associated with stability and reduced incidence of post-operative complications. This is a comprehensive review of the literature evaluating in vivo, in vitro, and… CONTINUE READING