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sternum pain 6 years after heart surgery

I have sternum pain, especially after being hunched over computer. I had bypass surgery 6 years ago and the sternum pain is just as bad now as it was three months after surgery. Could it be a problem with the wires? My sternum sinks in more than it did before surgery, could that be the problem?

Doug Weeks


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I am Dr. Arch Miiler of the reconstructive surgery forum. It sounds like you might have broken wires and an unstable sternum. If this is affecting your job and life style, I would recommend having this evaluated with a 3D CT scan, and if this is true, then it can be fixed. The onset of rigid fixation with sternums is new, and just beginning, but it is very effective. Go to the web site rapidsternalclosure.com and watch the animation. Ther are several doctors who do this procedure, myself, Dr. Scott Levin of Duke, and Dr. Spann of Tulsa. Please feel free to call any of us, and we can either schedule you, or try to get you a referral to someone near you. I hope this helps.Respectfully,

              arch s miller ms md facs
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