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What is a sternotomy?

A standard sternotomy is a cut down the midline of a person's sternum, which causes little pain due to a lack of muscle and nerves.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

A sternotomy is a vertical incision down the middle of the chest. It is used in surgical procedures such as heart bypass operations. To learn more about how this incision is used in bypass surgery, watch this animation.

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