Hello and welcome to HealingWell, I am so glad you found us.
The sternum (the bone in the middle of your chest), which was
opened during surgery will usually take about
12 weeks to heal. The skin incision heals much faster.
There are many ways to close the external heart surgery incision (staples, dissolving stitches, glue), and each surgeon does things a little differently. Inside, the wires or staples that initially hold your sternum together while it heals will stay in your body permanently.
It's normal to feel discomfort in the form of numbness, deep itchiness, tightness, or a burning sensation during healing.
Some people experience a fair amount of pain with their chest incision. The pain may be from from scar tissue, nerve damage, and the overall insult to the system of being
opened up. In addition to dealing with the pain, this can be very worrisome - you're always wondering if it's scar pain or heart pain. If you are experiencing pain, please talk it over with your doctor as I am not a professional. :)
Do not put any lotion, cream
, or herbal remedies on or around your
wound without asking your
Again a warm welcome to HealingWell and I am so glad you are home from the hospital after 7 weeks, that was a long stay. Bless you and stick with us.
I wish you peace,Kitt