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Sternum Ectomy Surgery
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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