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What is the approximately recovery time or nonunion sternum surgery?

What is the approximately recovery time or nonunion sternum surgery?

6 weeks: Healed skin7- 10 days
healed bone depends but 2-3 months gets most.
Discomfort dwindles with time like the original. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is there a minimally invasive surgery to repair torn rib ligament/cartilage so it can be reattached to sternum?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Possibly a concern: Whenever patients have complex surgery and feel an odd symptom it makes sense to get evaluated and often a ct scan is performed to make certain there are no complications evident. ...Read more

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Does the sternum fuse together after open heart surgery and how long does it take?

Does the sternum fuse together after open heart surgery and how long does it take?

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

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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).?

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

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Would you still have numbness in the sternum area ten months after open heart surgery?

Would you still have numbness in the sternum area ten months after open heart surgery?

Possibly: Scar tissue stays numb. Particularly if an artery in your chest (the left internal mammary artery) was harvested as part of your surgery, you can expect numbness for many months. ...Read more

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Are hernias below the sternum after heart surgery dangerous? Can I proceed with my workouts, (weights)?

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

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Unfused sternum after bypass surgery resulting in chronic pain two years after surgery...treatment options?

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

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After open heart surgery what are some challanges people usually face with a broken sternum? I just want to know what to expect

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

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How do doctors crack open the chest and sternum for heart surgery?

How do doctors crack open the chest and sternum for heart surgery?

Can-opener!: Joke! They actually saw throw the bones and cartilage and use tools to spread the ribs farther apart. I bet there is a YouTube of it somewhere. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Yes depends on type: For instance mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect repair can be performed via small incision on the right side of chest and aortic valve replacement can be performed via small incision at the top of the chest. ...Read more

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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

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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

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: 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

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Does chest surgery hurt?

Does chest surgery hurt?

Yes: Yes, but doctors do best to control your pain. ...Read more

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What is chest surgery like?

What is chest surgery like?

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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Has any body got male chest surgery?

Has any body got male chest surgery?

Unsure what you mean: If you are referring to male cosmetic surgery on the chest, yes this is a farely common cosmetic procedure in males. ...Read more

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What needs to be done before a chest surgery?

What needs to be done before a chest surgery?

Full eval: Before any surgery, it is important to be evaluated at a pre-admission physical to make sure surgery is the safest possible. ...Read more

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What is reconstructive surgery for flail chest?

What is reconstructive surgery for flail chest?

Flail chest: Either bone realignment or tendon transfers are used. ...Read more

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How can I get in good shape after chest surgery?

How can I get in good shape after chest surgery?

Take your time: It takes time to recover from surgery. Start with light exercise (walking), then progress as tolerated. If you rush it, the discomfort you feel will stop you from advancing. Eventually, you should be at full strength and speed. ...Read more

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Non stop coughing after chest surgery - what to do?

Non stop coughing after chest surgery - what to do?

Take your meds: Must clear the secretions and expand the remaining lung.
When that is done, the cough will recede. ...Read more