3x's must be the charm. I had bypass x 4 in 3/07 and experienced a nagging cough for several weeks post op. I was told that it was junk that was in my lungs and I needed to get rid of it. After surgery my BP meds had been changed. With a little research I discovered that one of the meds had a side effect of coughing. I went back on my old med and the cough went away within 48 hrs. Little did I know that the damage had already occured. 3 wires were all that held my sternum together and 2 of them were broken. Some time later, probably stressing I broke the last wire. I went back 10/08 to have the wires replaced. Surgeon had to cut surgery short and the wires were not replaced. Instead I was left with a non-union sternum. This is no fun to manage or be able to function without pain and discomfort. I started doing some research and discovered that there is a device that can be implanted that will hold the sternum stable until it has grown back together. It is called a Rapid Sternal Talon. I have 4 of them installed 4/09 and they cured my problem. I was freed from the pain and associated problems that a non-union sternum presents. I am not a medical professional nor am I schooled for this trade. I am a survivor who has had 3 surgerys for what should have been done in one!
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