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How long after open heart surgery does it take the sternum to heal completely?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience in Cardiology
Six weeks: Six weeks if routine and no complications.
Answered on Aug 19, 2018
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Calcium deposition after sternotomy begins at 6 weeks. For the sternal osteotomy to completely heal as of most bone fractures to include bone remodeling about a year. At 6 weeks if the bone does not have osteoporosis and stable open reduction and internal fixation by sternal wires is present, most patients refer no symptoms.
Feb 22, 2012

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