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

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ — KLS Martin LP, a medical device company specializing in craniomaxillofacial and sternal fixation, announced today the implantation of the Sternal Talon(R) in the 500th patient.

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The Sternal Talon(R) 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(R) 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,” says 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(R) 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.

“One of the most surprising outcomes of the use of the Sternal Talon(R) was the reaction of the post-operative nursing staff who commented that you could tell which patients had the Sternal Talon(R) as they were up and moving around quicker with less pain,” said Dr. Miller.

Currently, KLS Martin(R) Sternal Talons(R) are available in a select group of heart hospitals in the US. The initial experience and feedback from doctors, nursing staff and patients is very positive.

A multi-center study to evaluate the outcomes of similar high risk patients with “standard” wire closure compared to the Sternal Talon(R) 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(R).

Additional information is available through KLS Martin LP, P.O. Box 50249, Jacksonville, FL 32246, or , 1-800-625-1557.

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CONTACT: Jill Johnson, Sternal Talon Administrative Assistant,+1-800-625-1557 Ext 1211, [email protected]

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