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Sternal Closure

Our sternal products include rigid fixation systems for use in the stabilization and fixation of fractures of the chest wall, following sternotomy and sternal reconstructive surgical procedures, to promote fusion. Patients treated with SternaLock® Blu experienced improved sternal healing and fewer sternal complications.1

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Rib Fixation

Our rib fixation system is used in the stabilization and rigid fixation of fractures in the chest wall, including sternal reconstructive surgical procedures, trauma or planned osteotomies. RibFix Blu™ provides strength and stabilization even under exaggerated loading conditions.3,4,5
 

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Pectus Repair

Our pectus repair system treats Pectus Excavatum, also known as “sunken” or “funnel” chest, and other sternal deformities. It is used in the Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum (MIRPE) technique. Patients experience reduced operating time, minimized blood loss and faster return to activity.6

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SternaLock® Blu Study

The method matters and SternaLock Blu proves it.

Patients treated with SternaLock Blu had improved sternal healing, fewer sternal complications and improved recovery. And, all these clinical benefits were achieved at a cost savings.1,2

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Learn about the SternaLock Blu Study

1997 Pectus Bar launches, setting the new standard of pectus repair
2003 SternaLock launches, introducing the benefit of rigid
fixation for sternotomies and sternal
reconstruction
2009 Adkins Strut joins the pectus repair product line
2011 SternaLock Blu launches, bringing the benefits of rigid fixation to sternal closure
2012 SternaLock Blu MICS launches, supporting the benefits of MIS
cardiothoracic procedures
2012 First Randomized Controlled Trial on Sternal Healing published (RESTORE)7
2014 Japanese approval and reimbursement obtained for SternLock Blu
2015 RibFix Blu launches as a solution for stabilizing the chest wall following trauma
2015 SternaLock 360 Study First-in-Man (University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa)
2016 SternaLock Blu Study demonstrates faster healing, reduced complications and economic advantages compared to wire cerclage1,2
2016 SternaLock 360 launches combining approximation, compression and fixation for patients with poor bone

1 CR 0712S (Clinical Study Report) SternaLock Blu Study, 2014-15, an evaluation of rigid plate fixation in supporting bone healing; a prospective, multi-center trial of 236 total patients undergoing full midline sternotomy.

2 CR 0712E (Economic Study Report) SternaLock Blu Study, 2014-15, an evaluation of rigid fixation in supporting bone healing; a prospective, multi-center trial of 236 total patients undergoing full midline sternotomy.

3 Internal Testing Report, LT1474, fatique testing of RibFix Blu plate and screw constructs. *The estimate for the amount of cycles representative of fracture healing is based on 14.1 breaths per minute.
Bench testing is not indicative of clinical performance.

4Internal Testing Report, LT1476, Ribfix Blu plate and screw construct in cadaver bone testing.
Bench testing is not indicative of clinical performance.

5Internal Testing Report, LT1477, RibFix Blu plate and screw construct in cadaver bone testing.
Bench testing is not indicative of clinical performance.

6 Nuss D, Kelly RE, Croitoru D, Katz ME. A 10-year review of a minimally invasive technique for the correction of pectus excavatum. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 1998;33(4):545-552.

7 Raman J, Lehmann S, Hatcher BM, et al. Sternal closure with rigid plate fixation versus wire closure, a randomized controlled multicenter trial. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012;94(6):1854-61. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.07.085. Pub 2012 Oct 25.