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Before, During, and After a Sternotomy

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jun 7, 2023 12:09:00 PM


older couple exercising after heart surgery

If you or a loved one is having a sternotomy, you likely have a lot of questions about the procedure, the healing process, what to expect, and more. While it's always best to ask your doctor for guidance, it never hurts to do a bit of foundational research so you know what to ask.

How Hospitals Can Reduce Complications in Heart Surgery Patients

Posted by Heart Hugger on Nov 8, 2021 11:31:00 AM


surgeon and surgical team

Complications after heart surgery aren't just bad news for patients—they also impact hospitals. Wound complications in a patient can be devastating financially for hospitals, especially when handling Medicare and co-morbid patients.

The cost to hospitals can range from $13,000 to $100,000 per complication. Then add on the financial penalties that hospitals face for having excessive readmissions according to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It’s evident that there is a great need to reduce the chances of complications following a patient’s surgery.