After open heart surgery I was taking a low dose of metoprolol (12.5 mg. twice a day) and had some really low B/Ps' (84/52) so my doctor told me to take the 12.5 only once a day. It's better.
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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.
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.
The surgeon did not really seem concerned about my complaints. Said to come back in 2 months. There is a staple starting to come out of the sternum, which is painful, but he joked that I was too skinny. So I called back and they will order X-ras or CT scans. I hope it can be fixed easily. I have the blues but someone from hospice is helping me. (Added to ICU, my husband died 3 weeks ago.) So it has been a horrible year.
Right. My hair falls out in clumps. The dermatologist says it's stress but it will get better in 6 months. I also got a flareup of rosacea. Due to stress. My husband died 3 weeks ago. Also, a staple is pushing its way out of my sternum. The surgeon says to wait a few months but it is painful. But all are fixable. Thanks for your concern.
Wed, Jan 9 9:35am · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)
Yes. I experienced it twice. First a few months after I had breast cancer surgery, and recently after I had open heart surgery. Get help from your care team right away. If they don't have any experience with PICS (post intensive care syndrome) then keep trying to you find someone who does.
Mon, Jan 7 4:41pm · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)
I was aghast that I knew about PICS but the ICU staff and D/C planner did not. The hospital where I was in ICU could not provide resources to help me. About a month after open heart surgery, when I was no longer worried I'd survive, I began having painful flashbacks and reliving the painful and prolonged extubation, as well as the pain every procedure and tube caused. I had to call the suicide hot line to speak with someone about my mental anguish. That did help, but why didn't the ICU have this on their radar?