Heart XS Sternum Retractor

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The median access for cardiothoracic surgery

The Aesculap Heart XS Retraction System is a modular, flexible and universal sternum retraction system for open median sternotomy – applicable for surgeries with and without heart-lung-machine.


  • Excellent exposure of OR field
  • Swiveling blades adapt to individual anatomy of patients
  • Fixation of accessories in every position along arms and bar
  • Easy (re)position of accessories at any step of operating procedure
  • Connecting clamps allow accessories variable, deep reach


  • One retractor, four blade sizes
  • Interchangeable blades – rigid or swiveling
  • Seven different hooks and retractors
  • Possibility of fixation of OPCAB accessories


In addition to the Heart XS Retraction System Aesculap offers a multiplicity of other sternum retractors for adults and children– in stainless steel or aluminum – as well as a mammaria retractor. Lateral retractors can be found under the chapter minimally invasive heart valve surgery.