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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
24 years experience General Surgery
21 days but varies: You had testicular torsion. Your doctors used absorbable sutures. The skin stitch may take 21 days to absorb. The rate of absorption varies. Somet ... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
42 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Please ask your OB: Depends on what kind was used your OB knows that.
Dr. Yonatan Mahller
12 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
2-3 weeks: Different stitches are used on parts of a cesarean section. Most have dissolved within 2-3 weeks.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
36 years experience Radiology
Depends usu 1-2 week: Depends on material. Can take longer than 2 weeks. Once the wound is healed, can ask health care provider. Sometimes have loose undissolved ends which ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Koos
21 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: There are different resorb-able sutures types, with different dissolving time frames. These time frames are also an average and depend upon several f ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Layman
20 years experience Transplant Surgery
Several months: The most commonly used dissolvable sutures take 3-4 months to be completely absorbed by the body.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
If your: absorbable sutures are internal - you may not know when they have dissolved. Take care.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
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7-14 days: Usually gone by one to two weeks. There may be small remnants left, which are easily removed.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Uncertain.: Many dissolvable sutures dissolve in 7 to 10 days but that can be variable. We don't know where your sutures are or what type of surgery you had. It ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
35 years experience Orthodontics
About a week: Self dissolving sutures are designed to melt away as the healing process takes over the wound closure. Unless some added trauma to the wound is exper ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Variable.: Oral surgery- “Dissolving sutures can last from three to four days to three to four weeks depending on which stitches are used and which type of opera ... Read More

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