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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?
Sternotomy: Sternotomy is the cutting of the sternum, a bone, to access your heart and chest cavities. The bone is wired close with several wires. Like any bone, takes 6 weeks to heal to 80%. Your surgery team will be the best to tell you specifics about your case. Also your surgery team will know what operation was done using the access provided by sternotomy. ...Read more
I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago. I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?
I am not understanding my own research on the computer so can some please explain what "multiple median sternotomy and the wires are chronic" means? Thank you in advance
Chest x-ray: After a sternotomy for cardiac surgery the cxr is forever altered. The sternal wires used to close the split sternum are permanent. If you have had repeat or multiple sternotomies, the wires, wire removals, replacement will also become permanent on your cxr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a sternotomy 12mths ago to remove a thymoma & pericardial sac. No chemo/radiation required. How long should I wait until i can fall pregnant.
Had med. Sternotomy yrs ago for afib. Followed by chronic xiphoid pain. Xiphoidectomy made it worse. Now have upper ab pain/tension, rib tension/tension in mus. Below ribs. Intercostal nerve block?
Is it true that sternum in fracture or Median sternotomy heal faster than other bone even when you're old (>50)
and that produce bone till death???
No: Like other potential fractures it may not heal at all ever. Normally the older you get the longer it takes to heal. ...Read more
Generally not: Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii involves excess keratin production (small bumps) on the face which is often inflamed, causing the redness. Since it generally does not involve infection, it usually does not leave scars unless someone picks at the bumps. If it is irritating you enough that you are picking, seek help from your dermatologist. If it scars, you need to see derm to r/o something else. ...Read more
Improve not remove: A be scars can be improved with wound care, exfoliation, dermabrasion, peels, laser, grafting, fat transfer, camouflage make-up, surgery and more. However they generally cannot be removed. Discuss with a dermatologist after first .Controlling the outbreaks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excision: Scar revision usually involves excising the scar and re-closing the area in layers. Deep sutures are typically used to provide dermal support which minimizes scarring. Also, depending on the location and orientation of the scar, the surgeon may decide to perform local tissue rearrangement (such as a z-plasty) to better conceal a scar. Post-operative scar management is also important. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Hyperpigmentation: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood or pigment: It depends on what caused the scar and what was on the skin prior to the injury. If it was a pigmented lesion you should have it evaluated by your dermatologist. At any rate have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
It may,...: Cellulitis may resolve with treatment and leave no evidence of the infection. Some may cause a slight discoloration of the skin. If associated with an ulceration, there certainly may be a scar associated with that area. Associated conditions, such as underlying diabetes and/or poor circulation may increase risk of possible scarring or discoloration as well. Best wishes. ...Read more
Scar excision: Scar excision would be cutting out the scar and resewing it up. Perhaps the scar spread or partially opened or got infected. By excising the scar it can be sewn up in a fine line. Sometimes the doctor may want to make the scar irregular or alter it's direction. These are cosmetic techniques to improve the scars eventual appearance a scars appearance can also be improved with dermabrasion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer