I had heart surgery in 2014. It never healed--it is really sore and painful.

What is the cause of this?

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Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

If there is an area of your incision from your previous heart surgery 5 years ago that is sore and painful, you should call your cardiothoracic surgeons office to let them know of the issue. There are a lot of reasons for wounds to develop along an incision. It is possible you have a retained suture that is causing inflammation in the skin, which could be causing your pain. You could have just developed a wound on the former incision line. Scar tissue is about 80% of the total strength of the original skin. Bottom line, I recommend you see a medical professional.

Published on Aug 08, 2019

Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (View Profile)

If there is an area of your incision from your previous heart surgery 5 years ago that is sore and painful, you should call your cardiothoracic surgeons office to let them know of the issue. There are a lot of reasons for wounds to develop along an incision. It is possible you have a retained suture that is causing inflammation in the skin, which could be causing your pain. You could have just developed a wound on the former incision line. Scar tissue is about 80% of the total strength of the original skin. Bottom line, I recommend you see a medical professional.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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