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where begins and where ends sternotomy scar on chest after heart surgery and what length is this scar? how long takes complete heal of this scar?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
6 inches roughly: Begins just below collar bone and ends just above xyphoid process. Roughly6 inches long. Takes 8 weeks to get strong but over a year to completely heal.
Dr. Ken Deck
Dr. Ken Deck answered
General Surgery 48 years experience
2-3 months: Scar usually from sternal notch to upper abdomen.
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Usually the incision is a few inches shorter than the breastbone that is divided for the operation. The incision is pretty well healed after a few weeks, but the scar remodels for months.

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