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A sternum closure device for closing the sternum of a patient comprising a head portion, tail portion and flexible spine portion. The head portion includes a locking tang to prevent backward movement of the spine portion once it is received and engaged in the head portion. The spine is made of a biocompatible metal coated with a biocompatible polymer along part of its length. One end of the spine is sharpened to serve as a needle. The tang pierces the polymer and locks against a serration of the spine. A method of using the sternum closure device is also disclosed.

Title
Sternum closure device
Application Number
6/835394
Publication Number
4730615
Application Date
March 3, 1986
Publication Date
March 15, 1988
Inventor
Alfred V Vasconcellos
Edison
NJ, US
Lloyd A Sutherland
Levittown
NY, US
Agent
John L LaPierre
Lawrence C Akers
Peter C Richardson
Assignee
Pfizer Hospital Products Group
NY, US
IPC
B65D 77/10
B65D 63/00
A61B 17/08
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