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Tender chest pain after heart surgery



My Mum had triple heart bypass surgery in November 2017 and is doing really well biros experiencing a very tender left side of her chest.

She is a large busted woman but even wearing a seatbelt is uncomfortable for her. We keep being told to be patient.

Does anyone else experience this as we are not sure what to do next.

Thank you


7 Replies
MichaelJHHeart Star

Worth a check with her GP for issues such as an unstable breastbone or infection.

Thank you MichaelJH my Mum has an appointment to see her doctor today

MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Mitchsmith42

Please update us after your visit as it may well be relevant to others. Using a small pillow as padding may help with the seatbelt issue.

Will do thanks MichaelJH

Hi Michelle, I am 3 months post bypass so not as long as your mum. I am still quite sore at times (I too have a big chest!), but it sounds as if your mum is suffering more. I know when I was discharged from the hospital back to my GP (about 6 weeks post op) they x-rayed me and said that my sternum was fine and healing well enough to drive. Did your mum have an x-ray? I would get her to speak to her GP and get a referral back to the surgeon if needed or at least have another x-ray. It still hurts if I sneeze, catch the wires of my bra on my scar and also if I sleep on my right hand side. Give our best to her and let us know if we can be of any more help. Take care x

Hi wiltsgirl thank you for your reply

Yep my Mum has had an X-ray and we have arranged for her to see her surgeon again in July so fingers crossed we will get a good result

That's great, good luck xx

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