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The Figure 8 Sternal Closure System is an inexpensive, simple, and stronger alternative than traditional steel wire. It will become the new gold standard in sternal closure. Instability of the sternal bones following open heart surgery is a cause for increased post-operative pain and infection. Additionally standard wire may cut through the bone during coughing or movement. Using the Figure 8 System the heart surgeon is able to achieve a tighter and stronger closure.