The device incorporates the advantages of cerclage cables and cancellous screws integrated with a low profile plate.

It is claimed to be the most secure and easy to use closure system available in the market.

RTI Surgical president and CEO Brian K Hutchison noted the Tritium SCP system is the first implant launched since the acquisition of Pioneer Surgical Technology.

"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," Hutchison added.

RTI Surgical received the FDA clearance for the system in October 2012 while its first clinical use was done in January 2013.

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital cardiothoracic surgery unit medical director Dr Steven D Harrington is the first to use the system following the full launch.

"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," Dr Harrington added.