Despite the current sterile techniques used for all surgeries, infections are always a possibility following this procedure. The treatment options will vary depending on the location of the infection. Infections can range from very minor skin infections that are only treated with antibiotics and possibly a few extra days in the hospital to a very major infection. Major infections can occur in such places as the breastbone or within the chest cavity.
Infection of the breastbone is one of the most serious infectious complications following this procedure. These infections can require a repeat of the surgery or removal of the breastbone, and may even result in loss of life.
If an infection does develop, your doctor will discuss the treatment options for your particular situation.