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Are hernias common after open-heart surgery?

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In brief: Not often

Usually hernias do not occur often after heart surgery.
One site where they may occur would be below the sternum or breast bone.

In brief: Not often

Usually hernias do not occur often after heart surgery.
One site where they may occur would be below the sternum or breast bone.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. David Earle
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In brief: Uncommon

Hernia after cardiac operations can occur as a result of the drainage tubes placed.
The tubes are large, an exit at the bottom of the breast bone. These types of hernias can become large, so if it is growing in size, see a general surgeon with experience doing laparoscopic repair of sub-xiphoid hernias.

In brief: Uncommon

Hernia after cardiac operations can occur as a result of the drainage tubes placed.
The tubes are large, an exit at the bottom of the breast bone. These types of hernias can become large, so if it is growing in size, see a general surgeon with experience doing laparoscopic repair of sub-xiphoid hernias.
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle
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