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Sternal saw

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Sternal saw

A sternal saw is a bone cutter used to perform median sternotomy, opening the patient's chest by splitting the breastbone, or sternum. It is a reciprocating blade saw that resembles a jigsaw in appearance. It was invented and introduced by Dr. Edward P. ("Ted") Diethrich in 1963[1]

See also


  1. ^ Surgery. 1963 12 01 Sternal saw--new instrument for splitting the sternum. DIETHRICH EB, MORRIS JD. Surgery. PMID 14027806

External links

  • "Ross Me, Baby!" - Photograph of Sternal Saw in Use from a First Person Account of a Ross Procedure Performed on a Adult Male, with Photographs Showing Pre-op, Surgery, Post-op, and Recovery

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