I don't believe it is just an Australia thing, in terms of using wires to hold the sternum together. I am almost certain that wires were used on my sternum as well in the US. Wires for the bones and then glue for the soft tissue- no stitches or staples. He likes this method because it leaves very little scar. Right now, at 7 weeks out, I have no palpable scar just a 3 1/2 inch red line on my chest without the slightest bump. Not what I expected. It is looking like it will not be noticeable at some point. I'm a bit disappointed, as I was hoping to be able to compare battle scars in my old age and now no one is likely to believe meThey left the wires in? I didnt think that was a thing they would do. As long as it doesnt cause issues i guess.. or taking them out of bone could be more risky.
I did see your post about your sternum issue. Looked very swollen and pus filled.
Ill have a look for the other post -
only sternal wires are used in Australia, why?
Have you ever had a sternal wire break?
I have my bottom sternal wire break 2 years ago. It felt like a broken rib and swelled up badly but nothing came of it.
I now use it as a quiz for the students who do imaging scans to see of they can see the broken wire.