RTI Surgical™ Announces Launch of Tritium™ Sternal Cable Plating System

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 9:00am
Business Wire

RTI Surgical Inc., a leading global surgical implant company, announced today the full market launch of the Tritium Sternal Cable Plating (SCP) System for closing median sternotomies following open heart procedures.

The Tritium SCP System enhances the stability and strength of traditional sternal closure techniques by using a unique load-sharing concept. The device combines the advantages of cerclage cables and cancellous screws, integrated with a low profile plate. This unique combination creates a load-sharing design that uses cable tension to provide circumferential compression across the median sternotomy. The company received FDA clearance for the system in October 2012 and the first clinical use occurred in January 2013.

“The Tritium SCP System is the first implant launched since the acquisition of Pioneer Surgical Technology,” said Brian K. Hutchison, president and CEO of RTI Surgical. “This system is one of many exciting products RTI Surgical is launching this year and we are extremely pleased with the surgeon feedback we have seen so far.” Dr. Steven D. Harrington, medical director of cardiothoracic surgery at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township, MI, is one of the first to use the system following the full launch. According to Dr. Harrington, “The end result was a solid, tight sternal closure with a plating system that did not require extra dissection or devascularization of the sternum to achieve fixation and screw placement.” “I have found the Tritium cable plate system to be one of the most secure and easy to use closure systems available,” said Dr. Harrington. “It provides that extra measure of stable approximation while being simple and straightforward to size and implant.”

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