News | August 06, 2008

New Sternal Closure Device Reported Provides Improved Stability and Reduced Pain for Heart Patients

August 7, 2008 - KLS Martin LP, a medical device company specializing in craniomaxillofacial and sternal fixation, yesterday announced the implantation of the Sternal Talon in the 500th patient.

The Sternal Talon is an alternative method of closure for midline sternotomies used in many heart procedures and utilizes rigid orthopedic-style fixation. Originally developed in conjunction with surgeons at Duke University and surgeons in Tulsa, OK, as a reconstructive alternative for patients with sternal instability and non-unions, the Sternal Talon has been used successfully in primary closure for patients undergoing midline sternotomy for CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) and valvular surgery. Many of these 500 patients had multiple comorbidities, which often lead to significant infections that can be fatal. These patients represent a truly difficult population for sternal closure and until recently the cardiothoracic surgeon had very few treatment options.

“The most common method of sternal closure remains sternal wire, but this is not without problems, especially in the larger patients,” said Dr. Arch Miller, one of the inventors from Tulsa, OK. “The patients often exert forces on the wires that can cause the wires to break, pull through the bone or loosen which can lead to sternal instability, infection and increased pain.”

Using the Sternal Talon on patients with higher BMI (body mass index) improves the chances for better fixation, potentially reducing the risk of sternal complications and resulting in lower patient pain scores allowing them faster recovery, the company said.

Currently, KLS Martin Sternal Talons are available in a select group of heart hospitals in the U.S. The initial experience and feedback from doctors, nursing staff and patients is very positive, the company said.

A multi-center study to evaluate the outcomes of similar high-risk patients with standard wire closure compared to the Sternal Talon is underway with the team at Duke University Medical Center and results should be available in the next 18 months. The study at Duke is being led by physicians other than those who were involved in the initial development of the Sternal Talon.

For more information:,

Related Content

Keck School of Medicine Promotes Patient Diversity in Cardiac Surgery Clinical Trials
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | July 26, 2019
A highly competitive $4.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood...
Google Doodle Celebrates Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Pioneer René Favaloro
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | July 12, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
Internet search engine giant Google unveiled a new Doodle on its homepage Friday, July 12, celebrating the life and...
Open Heart Surgery Outperforms Stents in Patients With Multivessel Disease
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | May 03, 2019
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may be the best treatment option for most patients with more than one...
SherpaPak Cardiac Transport System Cleared for Pediatric and Small Donor Hearts
Technology | Cardiovascular Surgery | February 01, 2019
Paragonix Technologies Inc. recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a design...
Transplanting Pig Hearts Into Humans One Step Closer. A pig heart, shown here, is very similar in size and anatomy to a human heart. For this reason, pigs are used extensively in pre-clinical animal testing for new implantable cardiovascular devices. If pig hearts could be used for human transplantation, it would greatly alleviate shortages of donor human hearts.

A pig heart, shown here, is very similar in size and anatomy to a human heart. For this reason, pigs are used extensively in pre-clinical animal testing for new implantable cardiovascular devices. If pig hearts could be used for human transplantation, it would greatly alleviate shortages of donor human hearts.

News | Cardiovascular Surgery | December 11, 2018
The scientific journal Nature recently published an article from Munich University Hospital which describes the long-...
Bilateral Artery Use Does Not Improve 10-Year CABG Outcomes
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | September 06, 2018
While it is firmly established that the use of one internal thoracic artery can improve life expectancy in coronary...
Mandatory Public Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Reporting Associated With Better Patient Outcomes
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | April 30, 2018
Mandatory public reporting of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) results in Massachusetts was associated with...
Gecko Biomedical Receives CE Mark Approval for Setalum Sealant
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | September 19, 2017
Gecko Biomedical announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Setalum Sealant, allowing the company to market its...
ClearFlow Inc. Announces Positive U.S. Clinical Trial Results
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | September 08, 2017
September 8, 2017 — ClearFlow Inc.
Overlay Init