Easy to use and patient-friendly

A special ratchet mechanism ensures that the Sternal Talon® implants can be opened and closed with ease.

Depending on the position of the three-position screw on the face of the implant, the mechanism engages or unlocks.

Intraoperative placement

The Sternal Talon® is an advanced device that offers superior mechanical advantage in rigid sternal fixation. A titanium single or double talon system pulls both sides of the sternum together using a ratchet mechanism. A 3-position screw on the anterior surface of the device rotates from Open to Closing to Locked position. With pressure applied medially using accompanying instrumentation, full closure is achieved in a fraction of the time required for other techniques.

1. The width and thickness of the sternum are measured exactly to determine the correct size of the implants to be selected.

2. The opened Sternal Talon® is inserted at an angle of 45 degrees and then aligned parallel to the sternum.

3. The three-position screw of the Sternal Talon® is rotated to the Closing position. This engages the ratchet mechanism. A reduction clamp is then used to press the two halves together. Once the implant has been firmly closed, the three-position screw is turned to the Locked position. This locks the implant securely.

In a hurry: opening is fast and easy

Thanks to the simplicity of the ratchet mechanism, Sternal Talon® implants can be opened most easily in case of an emergency immediately after the operation.



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Sternal Talon™
brochure and technique guide

Measurement Steps
quick reference guide

Insertion Steps
quick reference guide

Re-Entry Steps
quick reference guide

BMI Chart
general reference

AATS 2012 Maimonides
clinical experience