AcuTie® II

The ACUTE Innovations® AcuTie II Sternum Closure System is a revolutionary design which encompasses the simplicity of standard wire cerclage while providing increased compression, stability in multiple planes, lateral protection, and straightforward installation—all at a reduced cost.
single wire anterior view

Features & Benefits

Greater Stability

Resists motion in all three planes – lateral, rostral-caudal, anterior-posterior. AcuTie® II plates and wire cerclage were installed on foam blocks and loaded in all three planes until 2mm of displacement was created. AcuTie® II outperformed wire significantly in all three planes.7

Four cleats located in line with the force, and a crimp that maintains cerclage tension, resist lateral motion.

The rigidly-connected cleats penetrate into the sternum to resist rostral-caudal motion.

The plate acts as a solid strut to span the osteotomy and resist anterior-posterior forces.

A loop of wire provides compression and deep sternal stabilization that can only be achieved by encircling the sternum.

Lateral Protection

Directional cleats assist with distributing the load and reduces stress on lateral edges.

Directional cleats penetrate through soft tissue and into the bone for stability, like a screw, while distributing the load and reducing stresses on the lateral edges of the sternum.  Like barbs, they allow medial movement of the sternum halves during reduction and gripping during distraction.

Twisted wire and AcuTie II plates were installed on simulated foam sterna with 20 pcf (cortical) exteriors and 5 pcf (cancellous) interiors.  The sternal halves were pulled laterally and the force to tear through the bulk of the sample was measured.  AcuTie II could resist 73% more force than wire alone.7

A finite element analysis shows how load is distributed via the cleats from the lateral sternal edges to the anterior table of the sternum. 
Testing shows a 73% increase in the force needed to tear through when compared to wire alone.7

Cyclic Performance

The AcuTie II plate experienced approximately 82% less motion than twisted wire.7

The plate’s crimp feature eliminates fatigue and breakage caused by twisted and bending wire.  At coughing forces, a twist will typically break within 20,000 cycles.  An AcuTie II crimp will survive more than 200,000 cycles.7

The crimp, combined with the other system features, results in significantly improved cyclic performance. 

AcuTie II plates and twisted wire were installed on 30 pcf foam blocks and loaded from 0 to 200N for 10,000 cycles.  60% of twisted wires broke prior to reaching 10,000 cycles.  The average AcuTie II plate sample experienced approximately 82% less motion than twisted wire.7

Easy Installation

Plate installs in less than 90 seconds.

Quick, repeatable installation. 

Confident reentry without specialized instrumentation.

indications for use

AcuTie II can be used for stabilization and fixation of fractures of the anterior chest wall, including sternal fixation following sternotomy and sternal reconstructive surgical procedures.


Other plating option can cost $1,480 to $8,508 per case depending on the system, number of implants used, and the additional OR time needed for installation.8,9,10,11

An AcuTie II plate can be installed in less than 90 seconds using standard sternotomy wire and minimal instrumentation.7 Locking plate systems can take more than 15 minutes to install.10 In addition to longer anesthesia time, and at a hospital cost of approximately $25/min, excluding surgeon time11, this can translate to significant added cost. High cost may make some options prohibitive for routine use, even when limited to patients at high risk for DSWI.