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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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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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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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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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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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