sternal wire removal

Posted by heartbreaker @heartbreaker, Apr 10, 2019

Two titanium wires are protruding under my skin where the sternum was wired together. Dr. recommends removal of all wires, but I worry about extensive surgery. Maybe just remove the 2 wires? Anyone else have this problem? It doesn't go away by itself.

I didn’t have the wires protruding, but had reaction to metal used. You don’t specify whether your sternum is closed or not, or what they plan to do if it isn’t.
I had them removed and they did a double peck flap surgery to close and protect open area of sternum. I did not have the same pain I had with original heart surgery and have no problems since. It was well worth it.
I know what you describe was explained to me as something that can occur. Hope this helps!

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Thanks — that helped a lot. I will do it.

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Please, very important to me: Can stents in the iliac veins be removed? ( 2 in the left vein and one in the right vein) Would appreciate and thank you peach414144

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@peach414144

Please, very important to me: Can stents in the iliac veins be removed? ( 2 in the left vein and one in the right vein) Would appreciate and thank you peach414144

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@peach414144 I'm not sure have you talked with your surgeon !Once a stint is put in I think It would be very difficult to remove it and may put your life in jeopardy Why do you want them removed if may ask?

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@lioness

@peach414144 I'm not sure have you talked with your surgeon !Once a stint is put in I think It would be very difficult to remove it and may put your life in jeopardy Why do you want them removed if may ask?

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Thank you for your reply. Is a stent the same as a stint? I hope I have not confused anything. You are correct this should be presented to the doctor. Again thanks peach

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Only a doctor who knows your medical history and why they may need to come out ( since you did not say if there was anything medical going on with them) should answer this question. I believe that once they are in, tissue grows around them making it hard to remove and very dangerous depending on how much intertwining there is. Get an opinion from more than one doctor is my advice. Good Luck!

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@peach414144

Thank you for your reply. Is a stent the same as a stint? I hope I have not confused anything. You are correct this should be presented to the doctor. Again thanks peach

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@peach414144 Your welcome Peach hope everything goes well for you Praying for u

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@peach414144

Thank you for your reply. Is a stent the same as a stint? I hope I have not confused anything. You are correct this should be presented to the doctor. Again thanks peach

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Sternum refers to the breast bone, cut vertically during open heart surgery. Titanium wires are used to hole the sternum together until the bone heals. These are called sternal wires. A stent, on the other hand, is a collapsible frame inserted into a blood vessel to keep it open. These cannot be removed as tissue grows around them.

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@lioness

@peach414144 I'm not sure have you talked with your surgeon !Once a stint is put in I think It would be very difficult to remove it and may put your life in jeopardy Why do you want them removed if may ask?

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I did not reply as to why do I want the stents removed. I am wondering should I have the stents removed because I became septic from this procedure (September 1918) and am still having the same symptoms since. Frightening. peach

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@peach414144

I did not reply as to why do I want the stents removed. I am wondering should I have the stents removed because I became septic from this procedure (September 1918) and am still having the same symptoms since. Frightening. peach

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@peach414144 Oh peach I'm so sorry to hear this how long ago did you have the stents put in.? Talk to your surgeon about it right away maybe if it hasn't been that long they could but See him see a cardiologist as well I really don't know so talk to Dr,s and see If not find out the alternative Are you near a Mayo clinic? Or a University hospital This is where I'd go to find out Good luck

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Dear Lioness the stents were put into the illiac veins 9/6/18. As soon as I woke up there was much pain in my urethra and still is to this day. Wound up with sepsis within two weeks of this procedure. There was no reason for the urethra to be touched for this procedure. This was not done in a hospital. I have gone to a urologist and after telling him of this, asked for him to look into the urethra and the bladder to see if there was anything inside this area and was refused. The pain continues. Yes, you are right and I should call Mayo for their help. I am not to near a Mayo and I will some how have to find a driver.(Legally blind). My god I am in a terrible position. Holding on tight.

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@peach414144

Dear Lioness the stents were put into the illiac veins 9/6/18. As soon as I woke up there was much pain in my urethra and still is to this day. Wound up with sepsis within two weeks of this procedure. There was no reason for the urethra to be touched for this procedure. This was not done in a hospital. I have gone to a urologist and after telling him of this, asked for him to look into the urethra and the bladder to see if there was anything inside this area and was refused. The pain continues. Yes, you are right and I should call Mayo for their help. I am not to near a Mayo and I will some how have to find a driver.(Legally blind). My god I am in a terrible position. Holding on tight.

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@peach414144 IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR PROBLEM DO YOU HAVE FAMILY NEAR OR FRIENDS THAT CAN HELP YOU OUT I,LL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS HOW BOUT SOME MEDICAL AGENCIES LIKE HOMECARE AGENCY BLESS YOY

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@ninimurphy

I didn’t have the wires protruding, but had reaction to metal used. You don’t specify whether your sternum is closed or not, or what they plan to do if it isn’t.
I had them removed and they did a double peck flap surgery to close and protect open area of sternum. I did not have the same pain I had with original heart surgery and have no problems since. It was well worth it.
I know what you describe was explained to me as something that can occur. Hope this helps!

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What type of doctor does this surgery? Do you have to go under anesthesia?

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When they cut the Sternum they cut Bone and Cartilage. I've been told the Cartilage doesn't grow back together like bone does, hence keeping the wire in for the rest of your life. Is this not true? Even 2 years after my surgery I feel my chest is not as strong and simple tasks like opening a door, I can feel my chest twist unless I am straight in front of the knob as I pull the door open. Same thing when opening drawers. Stand in front and pull with both arms. It really is uncomfortable.

Bruce
Texas

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@ch246cf10

When they cut the Sternum they cut Bone and Cartilage. I've been told the Cartilage doesn't grow back together like bone does, hence keeping the wire in for the rest of your life. Is this not true? Even 2 years after my surgery I feel my chest is not as strong and simple tasks like opening a door, I can feel my chest twist unless I am straight in front of the knob as I pull the door open. Same thing when opening drawers. Stand in front and pull with both arms. It really is uncomfortable.

Bruce
Texas

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@bruce5 I had by pass surgery where they cut into the sternum and after the surgery I still had a pinching area in the surgical area I went back to my surgeon had xrays taken and they found the nerve didn't unite as it should have so I was sent to the anesthist and he injected where it hurt that was 24 yrs ago I have had no problem since . Before the injection it even hurt to breath . so have you talked to your surgeon about this ?

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