TODAY’S PATENT – POST OPERATIVE STERNUM AND BREAST DEVICE
The Post Operative Sternum and Breast Device was invented by Doris Hjorth Hansen on December 29, 2016 bearing patent number US20160374406A1.
The soft tissue of a sternal wound takes about 4-5 weeks to heal and the sternum bone between 6-8 weeks for a proper healing. In this postoperative period there are only the internal stainless-steel wires, bands, plates or other devices to keep the thorax integrity intact.
A support device for providing external support for a patient’s chest and breast after the patient has undergone a surgical procedure in the thoracic region. The support device includes a chest band and first and second elongate under-bust/shoulder bands. Each of the under-bust/shoulder bands includes an under-bust portion and a shoulder strap portion. The support device includes first and second connectors attached to the shoulder strap portions of the second and first elongate bands, respectively. A lower portion of a first breast encapsulating unit is attached to the under-bust portion of the first under-bust/shoulder band and an upper portion is attached to the first connector. A lower portion of a second breast encapsulating unit is attached to the under-bust portion of the second under-bust/shoulder band and an upper portion is attached to the second connector.