Heart Bypass

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New hear, last year by complete chance (angiogram) I found all my coronary arteries were blocked, no symptoms at all, cycling the previous day!

I had a quin bypass using both chest arteries (BIMA) this was December. I just had my first check up and got discharged but they thought my sternal wire had popped up just below my neck, the surgion had a look and said it couldnt be as it didn't hurt.

He said it was my BCP? I asked what this was he said it's what he sutures muscle with, he wasn't concerned. I didn't ask him,

Does anyone know what these are and if they go away? 

I found this site seeking for answers!

Thank you

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    I don't know what BCP means but I have never felt comfortable with my sternum since having my aortic valve replaced. I have a couple of places where I can feel the points of the wire when washing or doing up buttons. I often jump in bed if my wifes arm leans on it..

    All down each side of my sternum I now have little bony lumps. At the foot of the faded scar (2012) there are a couple of swellings.

    I asked about having the wire removed but they were not keen on doing it. It can be done as a patient had it done while I was in hospital but he was the appointments manager from another hospital. 

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      Hi, thanks for the replay, it's all new to me. Just below the dip beneath Adam's Apple it's about the size of a match head I guess. I think he said BCP, it started with a B anyway!

      I asked what if was, he said as it doesn't hurt it's not wire and probably BCP? Which is the suture they use on muscle and heavier tissue than skin.

      Both my chest arteries are now in my heart, I have very little feeling in chest a bit like pins and needles.

      Thanks again.

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      Was that in December 2016? If so good luck with your recovery. I was pretty much back to normal in ten weeks but the procedure put me into AF.

      Evidently it happens to over a third of patients. Some go back into NSR OK but in others it persists

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      it was actually November 25th, it was 9 hours because my right chest artery wasn't long enough! To save my radial he connected it to the back of my heart, sewed it in with a camera in my stomache! I had to have drains in for 48 hours due to this and the time on my back really hurt shoulders, but I was discharged on Wednesday and that's when I found out this lump was part of what they repaired me with!

      ten months ago I was petrified because I had just Google 'angiogram' me? I didn't have heart problems!

      So glad it's gone well I was really expecting to die.

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