During cardiac surgery, the breastbone is cut right down the middle to access the heart, which is right behind the sternum. Afterward, the surgeon uses strong wires to knit the two sides of the bone back together in the middle of your chest. For a small percentage of patients, the bone doesn’t heal together correctly; over time, the wires loosen or break, and the symptoms of sternal instability begin.
Sternal nonunion can cause various symptoms, such as pain and shortness of breath. Our reconstructive surgeons offer a revolutionary treatment option for sternal nonunion, known as chest wall stabilization surgery.