At Zimmer Biomet, we focus on improving your breastbone recovery, so that your surgeon can focus on your heart. The healing of your breastbone can affect how quickly you return to everyday activities.

Fortunately, there are many options available to support bone healing after heart surgery. The breastbone closure option discussed in this website is SternaLock® Blu, a plate and screw system designed to stabilize (fixate) your breastbone after heart surgery.

As part of your preparation for surgery, you may want to carefully review your options for breastbone (sternal) closure. This will allow you to make an informed decision on what breastbone closure system will most effectively stabilize your breastbone, minimize pain and help you get back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

Results of breastbone closure plates and screws (rigid fixation) will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables.  Not all patients are candidates for this product and/or procedure.  Only a medical professional can determine the treatment appropriate for your specific condition.  Appropriate post-operative activities will differ from patient to patient.  Talk to your surgeon about whether rigid fixation is right for you and the risks associated which include, but are not limited to, infection, implant wear, loosening, screw or plate breakage or incomplete bone healing.  For a complete list of risks associated with Zimmer Biomet’s rigid fixation system, See Patient Risk Information.

The SternaLock Blu study was funded by Zimmer Biomet.

The information herein is of a general nature and does not represent or constitute medical advice or recommendations and is for general education purposes only. The information includes descriptions of a medical device that a thoracic (heart) surgeon may choose for patients undergoing open-heart surgery.

Zimmer Biomet manufactures medical devices, including metal plates and screws that may be used by your heart surgeon to hold together the sternum (breastbone) after heart surgery. We do not practice medicine; all questions regarding your medical condition must be directed to your doctor(s).

Results with breastbone (sternum) plates and screws (rigid fixation) will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables.  Not all patients are candidates for this product and/or procedure.  Only a medical professional can determine the treatment appropriate for your specific condition.  Appropriate post-operative activities will differ from patient to patient.  Talk to your surgeon about whether rigid fixation is right for you and the risks associated therewith, including but not limited to the risks of infection, implant wear, loosening, screw or plate breakage or incomplete bone healing. For a complete list of risks associated with Zimmer Biomet’s rigid fixation system, see Patient Risk Information.

The SternaLock Blu study was funded by Zimmer Biomet.

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