Every year, over one million people worldwide undergo open-heart surgery in the fight against cardiovascular disease. American Heart Association reports that each year in the United States, over 700,000 open-heart surgeries are performed requiring mid-line sternotomies.
The SternaLock Blu System applies the proven principles of locking rigid fixation to sternal closure and offers a rigid fixation alternative for mid-line sternotomies as well as a variety of minimally invasive approaches including the mini-sternotomy and mini-thoracotomy.
The SternaLock Blu plates thinner and anatomical design help address the challenges associated with fixating a 90 degree sternal incision or rib osteotomy. The plates increase stability at the osteotomy site, while still allowing for minimally invasive access.
Studies have shown that rigid fixation when compared to wire closure provide:
- Increased stability1,2
- Greater strength1
- Reduced sternal separation1
The Biomet Microfixation Sternal Closure System is intended for use in the stabilization and fixation of fractures of the anterior chest wall including sternal fixation following sternotomy and sternal reconstructive surgical procedures, to promote fusion.
Instrumentation has been designed specifically for use with this system of implants.
- 1Pai S, Najmuddin J, Dupak EL, McMahon NL, Roth TP, Lalikos JF, Dunn RM, Francalancia N, Pinns GD, Billiar KL. In Vitro Comparison of Wire and Plate fixation for Midline Sternotomies. Ann Thoracic Surg 2005;80:962-8 *Bench studies are not necessarily indicative of clinical performance.
- Sargent LA, Seyfer AE, Hollinger J, Hinson RM, Graeber Gm. The healing Sternum: A Comparison of Osseous Healing with Wire Verses Rigid Fixation. Ann Thoracic Surg 1991;52(3)490-4