eComment. Complex and novel versus simple and traditional approaches for sternal closure
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CitationÖzyüksel, A. (2016). eComment. Complex and novel versus simple and traditional approaches for sternal closure. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 22(5), 667-667. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icvts/ivw070
I congratulate Grabert and colleagues for presenting their experience with a novel sternal closure system . Mechanical sternal stabilization devices (MSSD) have significantly developed in the last decade. Although many theoretical advantages have been proposed, the clinical results may be controversial . The plates usually include large holes and the screws occupy significant space in the sternum, which may become a nidus for bacterial growth and invasion. Herein, I would like to emphasize some major advantages of the traditional wiring originally described by Robicsek et al. .