It is over a year since my original CABGx4. The incision site still leaks at the base and "proud flesh" keeps filling it, but not healing it. I just saw the plastic surgeon. They want to reopen the incision and see what is causing this. It could be: wires, stitches, infection, ziphoid cartilage, tissue, bone. They won't know until they go in again. Best case: a wire and a little cleaning and antibiotics and stitch closed. Clean the sternum. Worst case: pectoral (or omentom) muscle flap placed over the ruined sternum resulting in weakness and numbness from tummy to shoulders the rest of my life. I've seen pictures on the net, and they are barbaric. Plus, what if I still don't heal and I'll be out of commission for 6-8 weeks (out of sick time). I finally can take in a movie or shop, the holidays are here and I'll be homebound and in a painful recovery. I am terrified and depressed. Anybody been through this? (my original story is with my entry regarding osteomyelitis, abscess and CABG on this site).