Sternal ultrasound assessment of plate vs. wire fixation

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Number of Honour Places Available
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Alistair Royse 90354759 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Colin Royse 90354759 Personal web page
AProf Doa El-Ansari 0422 036 899

Summary Planned trial comparing a commercial band and plate fixation device versus conventional stainless steel wire fixation following midline sternotomy for cardiac surgery. The technique of measurement is high frequency ultrasound at rest and with coughing.

Project Details

pA recently completed randomized clinical trial found a significant difference between a plating system (Sternalock 360) and conventional "figure of 8" wire fixation. 95% of cardiac surgery operations will use stainless steel wire to stabilize the sternal bone edges at 6 and 12 weeks postoperative.pp ppAdditional analysis of pain after surgery was significantly less with the plate system at 6 weeks postoperative. An additional limited resource utilization substudy may be conducted as part of this proposed study with an alternative plate system.p

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Cardiometabolic , Musculoskeletal

Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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