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How long after open heart surgery does it take the sternum to heal completely?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Six weeks

Six weeks if routine and no complications.

In brief: Six weeks

Six weeks if routine and no complications.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Calcium deposition after sternotomy begins at 6 weeks. For the sternal osteotomy to completely heal as of most bone fractures to include bone remodeling about a year. At 6 weeks if the bone does not have osteoporosis and stable open reduction and internal fixation by sternal wires is present, most patients refer no symptoms.
Dr. Divyakant Gandhi
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: About 3 months

Sternum is a bone and like any other bone requires immobility to heal provided by stern all wires placed during surgery.
Bone usually takes about three months to completely heal provided it remains in close contact.

In brief: About 3 months

Sternum is a bone and like any other bone requires immobility to heal provided by stern all wires placed during surgery.
Bone usually takes about three months to completely heal provided it remains in close contact.
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