Sternal reconstruction may be needed after a surgery that utilized the sternum (Chest Bone) as access to the chest cavity. This is a common approach for coronary bypass or valvular surgery. Sometimes after surgery a complication such as an infection causes a problem where your sternum cannot be closed entirely. Dr. Tutela has a vast experience in treating sternal wounds including those that are acutely, or chronically infected. First, special attention is paid to clearing the infection with meticulous wound care. Then a number of techniques may be employed to achieve final closure, including muscle, skin or even omental flaps
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR STERNAL RECONSTRUCTION?
If you have an infected sternum or a chronic wound of your sternum, you may be a candidate for sternal reconstruction. You must be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia in order to be a candidate.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM STERNAL RECONSTRUCTION?
Sternal reconstruction can provide durable long lasting coverage to a chronic wound of your chest bone.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY FOR STERNAL RECONSTRUCTION?
Recovery for sternal reconstruction can be lengthy. It can last weeks to month