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Clicking sensation in Sternum post CABG

Hi All,

I'm just over 4 weeks post triple bypass op. The recoverys going well. I'm walking 50 mins per day and the scars are healing nicely.

I feel a kind of clicking sensation around the sternum area when I'm generally moving around (no accompanying pain though). Just wondered if anyone else has experienced it? I'm assuming it must be normal.

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Hi dagger, yes I experienced the same post cabg it's wgere it hasn't fully healed and fused together.

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Thats reassuring. Thanks Skid112.

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Yes can take a long time to stop clicking. I still have some issues when laying down if I turn funny ☺

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Thanks Sina :-)

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I had the same if I took a deep breath it cracked it does get better through time I still get the occasional pain if lying funny .. 17 months down the line but I had 2 bypasses in 18 months ....

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Thanks Allboy :-) 2 bypass's in 18 months? Blimey, I'm just about coping with one :-)

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Forgot to mention. If you don't mind me asking how come you had two bypasses in relatively quick succession?

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Hi,

You are doing really well! Don't forget you are only 4 weeks post op and it takes a minimum of 6- 8 weeks for the bone to start healing ( like a normal broken bone), so it still needs a bit of looking after.. if you need to cough/sneeze( great time to have a cold...) support your chest with a cushion or similar as it takes off some of the pressure.

Also ,although it's easier said than done,try not to put added strain onto your chest when moving around/sitting up from the lying down position.

We call this a 'clicky sternum' and is one of the things your surgeon/cardiac rehab nurse will be checking when you are followed up,so it is very common,but ideally we want your sternum to heal in a nice straight line!

Take care and keep up all the good work!

Philippa

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Thanks alot for the advice Phillipa. Its much appreciated.

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Good to hear you are doing well, but take it easy. I was told it takes a good year for it to heal properly. As it heals it can get tightness so plenty of bio oil or moisturiser will help.

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Thanks Twobells, I do have some moisturiser so will use that. Thanks again!

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High Dagger. I had the same cliking feeling in the sternal area this morning.Coming to two weeks this week end post CABG tripple.i wear chest protector most of the time,probably due to tightness

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