During open-heart surgery an incision is made through the breastbone (sternum) while the child is under general anesthesia.
Update Date 6/27/2010
Updated by: Shabir Bhimji MD, PhD, Pediatric and General Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.