Definition : Approximators designed to bring the sternal bone edges into proximity during surgical procedures, usually for the purposes of holding the bone edges in place so that they can be securely sutured. These manual, handheld devices typically have a fixed blade located at one end of the instrument and a second blade that can be displaced in steps along the instrument to grasp the resected portions of the sternum. Sternum approximators are used during procedures intended to reattach one portion to the other to complete the structure. Sternal approximators are frequently used in pairs.
Entry Terms : "Sternal Bone Approximators" , "Sternum Approximators" , "Approximators, Cardiothoracic" , "Cardiothoracic Approximators"
UMDC code : 20981