What Is A Sternotomy Incision And How Painful Is It?

Question: What is a sternotomy incision and how painful is it?Answer: A sternotomy incision is the usual incision that we use for heart surgery; the customary incision, the one that we use most of the time. Now, while no one looks forward to a surgical incision, you should feel comforted that this incision is -- relatively speaking -- not uncomfortable. The incision itself is through the flat bone in the middle of the chest that holds the ribs together. And we do that with a saw to open the...Full Story
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