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Sternum Ectomy Surgery
Healed skin7- 10 days
healed bone depends but 2-3 months gets most.
Discomfort dwindles with time like the original. ...Read more
I had surgery to remove a mass out of my chest in 2005, I can still feel my sternum move and pop. Is this normal?
No it is not: Since it has been so long since your operation most likely your bone has healed by non union, which means that there is scar tissue there but the bone has not come together and healed properly. Rarely this can be due to chronic infection. Either way you need to see your surgeon. He or she will determine the extent of the problem and discuss treatment options, risks and benefits ...Read more
Is there a minimally invasive surgery to repair torn rib ligament/cartilage so it can be reattached to sternum?
Rib pain: An injury to the junction of a rib with the cartilage attachement to the sternum can be extremely painful but unfortunately there are no well accepted treatments. If local injection of anesthetics can block the pain appropriately, resection of the site of pain could be considered rather than "repair". Small sections of the ribs are sometimes resected for spine procedures and usually well tolerated. ...Read more
Sternum: Most cases require the sternum to be divided. ...Read more
Cancer on the bone of strernum and on the left chest. Doctors want to remove the sternum by surgery. What do you think? Is that right?
Yes: Make sure you are being treated by a board certified thoracic surgeon. If this is malignant, treatment planning should include a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, as many require multi modality therapy. The thoracic surgeon may need the assistance of a reconstructive plastic surgeon to close the defect created when the tumor is excised. Also, the margin of resection is important. ...Read more
Can Mohs pain cause adhesion 5 years later that feels like "bone pain". Surgery was in sternum area, and the currently on/off pain is in same area.
Probably normal: Intermittent pain at any previous scar is a common symptom, and usually indicates nothing serious. It's probably related to that fact that some nerve endings were cut, and scar tissue formed as the body healed. If it is progressive, or severe, or you really think something is wrong, see the surgeon that did the Moh's procedure. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Can Mohs surgery in sternum area, cause what feels like intermittent bone pain in sternum 5 years later? The growth was the size of a 50 cent coin.
Not the Surgery: You need medical evaluation to rule out a number of possibilities. Expect a Chest X-Ray, possibly a CT of your chest, EKG, other Cardiac testing and lab work. ...Read more
1st rib + scaleling surgery for ntos I thin acouple internal stitches busted is it serious? I felt a snap then warm wiggle feeling toward my sternum.
Six weeks: Six weeks if routine and no complications. ...Read more
Yes, like bone fract: The sternum is a bone & heals like any other bone. It is "fractured" (cut) at the start of open heart surgery. At the end of surgery, the sternum is usually "sewn up" using metal wires to hold the 2 parts together. Further bone healing (fusion) occurs over the course of 3-6 months (eg, as with a broken arm). Wires hold the sternum together in that time & fuse with bone as it heals. Ask surgeon. ...Read more
I broke my collar bone 6 years ago, and I never had surgery. It significantly shortened the length between my sternum and shoulder (1 inch).?
Clavicle malunion: When the clavicle heals in a shortened position, it affects the position of the scapula (termed pseudo-winging), thus affecting shoulder function. If the deformity is "significant", corrective osteotomy (re-break bone) may be needed with a bone graft inserted between the cut ends. The goal is to restore the clavicle to the correct length. Consult with a shoulder specialist who has experience. ...Read more
Are hernias below the sternum after heart surgery dangerous? Can I proceed with my workouts, (weights)?
See a doctor: Tissue, including intestine, can get stuck in the hernia. This can be painful. The blood supply of the stuck tissue can also be compromised, which can be dangerous. You should be evaluated so your doctor can gauge your risk for these problems. Working out with weights can make your hernia bigger. ...Read more
Unfused sternum after bypass surgery resulting in chronic pain two years after surgery...treatment options?
What did surgeon say: This is going to be a problem for you if not addressed, as even simple things like inhaling, sitting, or anything requiring your ribs to expand or contract is destabilized from not having your sternum connected (fused) from the CABG surgery/stenting. Have you spoken to your surgeon? That is a good place to start, so you can discuss options. Hard to replace Mother's Nature's own design. Start there ...Read more
After open heart surgery what are some challanges people usually face with a broken sternum? I just want to know what to expect
Limit use of arms: There is so much you do with your arms without thinking. You push off with hands on thighs to stand. You use arms to adjust yourself in chair or bed. All of this puts pressure on sternum. I limit patients to 10 lb 6 wks then 25 lb for another 6 weeks. And no pushing or pulling for 3 months. Coughing and sneezing can be uncomfortable also. ...Read more
I recently found a small lump on my sternum. I also just had surgery on my clavicle a month ago. I noticed the bump right before I had surgery.
After open heart surgery I want to punch my heavy bag for excercise. I know it will put a lot of pressure on my sternum. It has been twenty weeks?
OK: Your sternum has healed to almost full strength. You can start a punching bag routine. You will probably develop some chest wall or muscle pain as you start the exercise - because you haven't used your muscles to this extent since the operation. Listen to your body and start gradually and workup to the level that you performed prior to surgery. ...Read more
Hi I'm getting open heart surgery in 2 months I'm wondering if there is anyway they won't have to break my sternum? Will I lose muscle after surgery?
My mom had open heart surgery in may but continues to have pain all around the area and the doctors say it's her sternum is it possible?
Chest pain: Absolutely. The sternum was cut opened and it is likely going to remain tender and sore for sometime. Your mother should follow her surgeon's recommendations and rest assured it is normal. ...Read more
I had open heart surgery two years ago and have a spot below my sternum that bulges out like a 1 1/2 inch lump when I breathe out. What is it?
I have pain in central portion of chest. Diagnosis have shown that there is inflammation in manubrium of sternum. Doctors have advised surgery???
Why would I have major tingling in neck on right side and veins poppg on eyelids and cheeks? Had3 stents in 2002. Triple bypass in 2008, which resulted in me getting MRSA in sternum...Put on vanco and had several surgeries removing parts of sternum....I l
Unfortunately yhe only way to know what is going on is to follow up with your cardiologist. You may need another angiogram. The fact that you stated you are "losing the will to live" is worrisome. It sounds like you are dealing with major depression, which is understandable given your medical history. I strongly encourage you to seek the help of a psychiatrist or therapist.
Best of luck to you. ...Read more
Honest discussion: Every patient is an individual. Important to discuss with your surgeon what are "reasonable expectations" of recovery and outcomes. A skilled thoracic surgeon will always seek the least invasive surgical technique possible to safely achieve the surgical goal and best outcome for you. He/she will describe before procedure their planned approach. ...Read more
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