Reoperative median sternotomy using a cast spreader.

Abstract

Repeat median sternotomy carries a high mortality rate secondary to a higher incidence of injury to the underlying vital structures. The reported incidence of reentry accidents may be as high as 6% to 10%. We describe a new technique of redo sternotomy using a nitrogen-powered oscillating saw and a cast spreader. The new technique was used for 89… (More)

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