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okctom77, November 2,  2018  10:43am EST

Sternal wires cold weather protection after CABG surgery


My name is Tom. I believe this is my first time posting, but I had a bypass surgery at the end of January 2018. They put sternal wires in to close me up. I had forgotten that when they released me from the hospital, it was in cold weather.. cold winds, but not snow in Oklahoma. My question is with those sternal wires internally, it always feels like when you drink an Icee and it freezes inside the chest, causing a lot of discomfort. Any advice on how to keep that part of the chest warm in cold weather?

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, November 5,  2018  9:02am EST

    Good morning, this is a really interesting question and a topic I am not sure has ever come up before. Thank you for sharing with all of us. I look forward to reading some of the answers provided to you.  Best Katie 

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, November 5,  2018  1:08pm EST

    Hi Tom,

    As Katie says, that is an interesting question. I had CABG surgery and was rehabbing during the winter in the northeast. I never experienced that or at least not to the point where it bothered me. Perhaps that is because it doesn't get as cold here. Did you question your cardiologist about it? Those wires are very thin so it's hard to imagine them dissipating that much cold to your sternum. I would definitely seek answers from your doctor. I'd be curious what they say. Keep us posted. 


  • okctom77
    okctom77, November 6,  2018  1:53pm EST

    In Oklahoma, we get some pretty strong cold winds when it is cold or the temperature is under 50 degrees on the positive side. It is definitely noticeable and uncomfortable. I was thinking about what kind of coat or what kind of options were available to keep it a little more insulated on the chest area.

    I will try to call the nurse for my medical team today to ask them about it, as I forgot to ask them on my last follow-up appointment. I will keep everyone posted.


    If anyone else has experienced this, how did you cope?

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