wires are typically used, but they can have problems, another device is the Sternal Talon which holds the sternum closed
I had a double heartbypass 22 years ago. Your sternum takes a lot of strain when you are operated on, it is the last thing to knit together, don't worry too much you will be ok.
I had triple by pass in April of 09 in July 09 I was still having pain similar to before the surgery, My doctor had to put in stints as the keloids were growing over the original graft/by pass. I was pain free until December 09 or 5 months. Yesterday I was told I need to go back in for further or different stints on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Seems like I go back and forth a lot, has anyone else gone through this? Thanks