only if you're sternum has not healed and the bones are held together by only the wires. I guess also that a massive trauma to the sternum (say, head on collision at high speed in a car) may provide sufficient force to break them, but I doubt it. They are well embedded into bone.Hello valvers!
Just wondering, can you break a sternal wire two years after surgery? If so, does this have to be fixed? At two years postop the sternum is totally healed.
Just curious if wires can be broken after a couple years.
its worth mentioning (now that you remind me) that I had my top sternal wire start to 'pronate' exactly as you mention some 3 or 4 years after my 1992 surgery. It was a very significant and visible lump under the skin and caused pain (like yeowwww) when bumped (frequent as I was doing Aikido at the time). I had the top two wires removed (in over night, out next day) and there was no problems.Now, the twisted ends, where the surgeon ties the ends of the wires together, could come to the surface and cause problems,