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

Six weeks. Six weeks if routine and no complications.
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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Would you still have numbness in the sternum area ten months after open heart surgery?

Possible. And perhaps forever! The little nerves may be interfered with by the surgical dissection, or surgical closure done perfectly! Sometimes they gradually return and reinervate the area. It is not a danger sign.
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.

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.
Broken sternum. Sternum is divided in mid-line during the heart surgery. Healing is slow like any other bony fracture. The sternum usually heals well id one does not lift heavy weights for first 5-6 months.
Not that bad. Most patients after open heart surgery via sternotomy will have a week of incisional discomfort but will return to near normal physical activity in 2 months.

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.
Probably. I tell my patients that they can start gradually putting more stress on the breastbone after giving the bone two months to heal. Check with your doctor, but as long as you have healed well, it should work out.

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?

Maybe. It really depends on what type of surgery you need. It also depends on what your surgeon feels comfortable with. But a lot of mitral, aortic valve surgeries can be done this way. Also closing a hole like an ASD and doing limited bypasses at times. I tell my patients my first goal is to do a good job. My second goal is to do it "sexy". But good job comes first.
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.
Heart suregry. You will not lose muscle after surgery. There are ways to avoid breaking sternum. Depending on what kind of surgery, sternal incision may still be the safest choice.

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.
I'm sorry. I can not answer a third party question. Your mom has to be the one to ask.

I had open heart surgery two years ago and have a spot below my sternum that bulges out like a 1 1/2 inch lump when I breathe out. What is it?

That can't be -- -answered here. It can only be answered by your cardiac surgeon or a general/thoracic surgeon which means it needs a hands on exam as well as possible imaging.
Sounds like. An incisional hernia. Have your doctor take a look at it. It might require surgical repair, especially if you have pain or discomfort.