Median sternotomy

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Median sternotomy
Median sternotomy

Median sternotomy is a type of surgical procedure in which a vertical inline incision is made along the sternum, after which the sternum itself is divided using a sternal saw.[1] This procedure provides access to the heart and lungs for surgical procedures such as heart transplant, lung transplant, corrective surgery for congenital heart defects, or coronary artery bypass surgery.[2][3][4]


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  2. Blum, Matthew G.; Fry, William A. (2011). "25. Thoracic incision". In Shields, Thomas W.; LoCicero, Joseph; Reed, Carolyn E.; Feins, Richard H. (eds.). General Thoracic Surgery (Seventh ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 397. ISBN 978-0-7817-7982-1. Archived from the original on 2022-02-09. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  3. Jaffe, Richard A.; Schmiesing, Clifford A.; Golianu, Brenda (2014). Anesthesiologist's Manual of Surgical Procedures. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 470. ISBN 978-1-4511-7660-5. Archived from the original on 2022-02-09. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  4. Herring, John A. (2020). "9. Scoliosis". Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics: From the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Sixth ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-323-56769-5. Archived from the original on 2022-02-09. Retrieved 2022-02-09.