Biomechanical study of a poly-L-lactide (PLLA) sternal pin in sternal closure after cardiothoracic surgery.

@article{Saito2004BiomechanicalSO,
  title={Biomechanical study of a poly-L-lactide (PLLA) sternal pin in sternal closure after cardiothoracic surgery.},
  author={Takeshi Saito and Atsushi Iguchi and Masahiro Sakurai and Koichi Tabayashi},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={77 2},
  pages={684-7}
}
BACKGROUND Stainless steel wiring is currently the standard method of median sternotomy closure but it has been reported that sufficient stiffness is not obtained by the method in anterior-posterior and cranial-caudal directions. A bioabsorbable Poly-L-Lactide (PLLA) sternal pin has been developed as an additive material for sternal closure. We biomechanically examined the effectiveness of a PLLA sternal pin in the two directions by using the sternum of a juvenile pig. METHODS Juvenile pigs… CONTINUE READING