Knives, Surgical, Sternum
Definition : Bone surgery knives designed for cutting the long bone plate forming the anterior wall of the thorax (i.e., sternum). These knives typically consist of manual, sturdy, handheld instruments usually with a tubular T-shaped handle at the proximal end. This facilitates grasping and application of pressure. At the distal end there is a wide cutting blade which is perpendicular to the shaft. Sternum knives are used mainly in surgical procedures that require opening the thoracic cavity (e.g., cardiothoracic surgery).
Entry Terms : "Surgical Sternum Knives" , "Knives, Sternum" , "Sternum Knives"
UMDC code : 12254