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Open heart surgery done. Getting pain on chest and have sensitive skin. Required cure?

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My husband has had open heart surgery. His major complaint is that he can not wear anything on his chest, His skin is painful when anything is touching it. NOT pain in his chest. Painful and sensitive skin. He walks around holding his shirt away from his skin.
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Posted Tue, 12 Mar 2013 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
 
 
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 33 minutes later
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

When there is an incision of the skin made, it causes skin nerves destruction. This leaves the skin artificial-like, more sensitive to the touch and painful. Unfortunately there is nothing can be done in this matter and it needs time to go away. This pain and sensitiveness should go away after a month or even few months. It takes so long as nerves are very hard to regenerate and it takes time for this process. Some areas of the skin will be without sensing for ever butt it will stop causing pains and wont be bothering.

Hope this will help.Feel free to ask further questions.
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