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Title: Routine sternal closure using interlocking multitwisted wires
Authors: Casha, Aaron
Ashraf, Saeed S.
Kay, Philip H.
Cooper, Graham J.
Keywords: Sternotomy
Sternum -- Surgery
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Casha, A. R., Ashraf, S. S., Kay, P. H., & Cooper, G. J. (1999). Routine sternal closure using interlocking multitwisted wires. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 16(3), 353-355.
Abstract: We describe a method of sternal closure that enhances sternal stabilization and minimizes bleeding from sternal fractures caused by retraction. With the technique of interlocking multitwisted wires the initial placement of the wire sutures is the same as in traditional sternal closure, however the twisting technique is improved, with multiple twisting including four twisted strands. Our method of closure is effective, simple and quick to perform and has several advantages over conventional or figure-of-eight closure. This closure is also biomechanically more rigid than conventional or figure-of-eight closure. We therefore recommend routine sternal closure using interlocking multitwisted wires.
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