Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 58(4): 232-234
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1240833
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A Simple Device Designed to Facilitate Sternal Closure and Avoid Complications

M. Santini1 , G. Vicidomini1 , A. Fiorelli1
  • 1Thoracic Surgery Unit, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
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Publication History

received October 20, 2009

Publication Date:
31 May 2010 (online)


We report an easy technique for sternal closure based on the use of a steel spoon. The spoon is placed under the line of the sternotomy where a stainless steel wire is passed through the bone. The tip of the wire passes through the bone and is then placed in the spoon which guides and facilitates the progressive passage of the wire through the bone. Finally, the spoon is symmetrically placed under the sternum on the opposite side.


Prof. Mario Santini

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Second University of Naples

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