The use of suture anchors for sternal nonunion as a new technical approach (Demircin-Dogan technique)

Dogan O., Demircin M., Duman U., Ozsoy F., Acaroglu E.

HEART SURGERY FORUM, vol.8, no.5, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1532/hsf98.20051024
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Objectives: Various comparative studies and techniques have been described for median sternotomy closure in the literature, previously. However, some patients are still under risk of sternal dehiscence, malunion or nonunion due to intrinsic or extrinsic factors after median sternotomy closure. Sternal nonunion described as sternal pain, with clicking, instability, or both for more than 3 months in the absence of infection, is an uncommon complication of midline sternotomy incision. To date, only a few studies have addressed the entity of sternal nonunion and its treatment.