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Should I have my sternal wires removed to relieve pain from previous heart surgery?

I am after Triple Bypass Surgery done in June 2009. I've been having pain in chest generating from the sternal wires and my Thoracic Surgeon insists that I remove the wires.  I am a diabetic also suffering from fibromyalgia.  Please advise me whether I should go through the removal of the sternal wires ASAP. Kind Regards. 

submitted by Lakmaal from Sri Lanka on 7/26/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD  Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP

It is common knowledge that stainless steel sutures may cause inflammatory changes.  Symptoms are often relieved by removal of these stainless steel wire sutures.

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