A Novel Figure A-Shape Sternal Retractor for Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting


  • Tamotsu Yasuda
  • Go Watanabe
  • Shigeyuki Tomita




A novel figure A-shape sternal retractor was developed to avoid brachial plexus injury caused by sternal wide separation, and facilitate exposure of circumflex artery by elevating a rake and dropping the heart into the right pleural cavity during off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. In addition, it has several notches to hold deep pericardial stitches in order to enhance the exposure.


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Yasuda, T., Watanabe, G., & Tomita, S. (2005). A Novel Figure A-Shape Sternal Retractor for Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. The Heart Surgery Forum, 8(4), E196-E197. https://doi.org/10.1532/HSF98.20051120




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