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Dissolving Stitches Not Dissolving
Yes, they dissolve.: Monocryl is an absorbable, clear, monofilament that is often used just under the skin to line-up the edges of an incision. It is less inflammatory than most absorbable sutures, so it is less likely to spit. It also takes a little longer to dissolve. I used it daily for wide range of cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tucks (witch hazel) and facelifts. ...Read more
If they are...: Absorbable, they will. If they are permanent, they will have to be removed. If they are not visible, they are probably absorbable. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more
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 can be easily removed to help with the process. ...Read more
7-14 days: Usually gone by one to two weeks. There may be small remnants left, which are easily removed. ...Read more
Can non dissolvable stitches be used to repair vaginal tear after child birth if i'm allergic to dissolvable stitches?
Yes: Yes, your ob/gyn could definitely use non-dissolvable stitches that then have to be removed in his/her office later. Maybe you won't tear, that would be the best solution! ...Read more
After brain surgery, how's the bone flap replaced? What materials are usually used to reattach it? Can it be glued back? Dissolvable stitches?
Varies regionally: At this time, in the U.S. The most common method of bone flap replacement is with small titanium bridging plates and screws that are placed circumferentially around the bone flap. Years ago, wires or sutures were also used. The plates are firmer and allow scar to bridge the gap between the bone flap and the cranium. Sometimes a bone matrix is placed in the gap to help "glue" the pieces together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an abdominal wound that will not heal. My dr has surgically removed undissolved dissolve able sutures twice. What's next?
Depends: Have they figured out why it won't heal (diabetes, infection, poor circulation, smoking, etc)? Finding and treating root cause most logical step if another condition is reason it won't heal. Hyperbaric chamber treatments to increase oxygen to tissues can help sometimes. Have you been seen by a wound care specialist? Also helpful. Hope this helps. Best of luck ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You want a doctor: To help you stay safe when you get high. There are plenty of sites on the internet to teach you how to hurt yourself. This one is about getting help. What you need to do is to stop using opiates. If you don't, your next question will be how you can shoot heroin without getting infected with aids and hepatitis. Why don't you save yourself the trouble and get help now. ...Read more
Postop w/EJ vein catheter w/sutures, they removed the catheter, put pressure dressing but left stitches in. F/up w/surgeon 2wk, but how do I clean it?
Many possibilities: Perhaps sutures removed too soon, perhaps you have delayed healing related to any of a number of factors such as renal failure, diabetes, poor nutrition, smoking, perhaps there is too much tension on the wound, perhaps underlying infection. Best to see your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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