Top 20 Doctor insights on: Non absorbable stitch

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How can you check if a fragment of a non absorbable stitch was left in the skin? Ultrasound? The stitches were removed 1.5 months ago

How can you check if a fragment of a non absorbable stitch was left in the skin? Ultrasound? The stitches were removed 1.5 months ago

Ultrasound is: Unlikely to reveal anything. Most of the time this foreign body will work itself to the surface and fall out on its own. If it is particularly bothersome you could ask your health care professional to tweeze or needle it out like you would for a splinter. ...Read more

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I have stitches on my upper left neck they are absorbable or non absorbable?

I have stitches on my upper left neck they are absorbable or non absorbable?

Surgeon: Without a photo - no way of knowing: call surgeon who placed sutures- most superficial sutures are either nylon or silk (non-absorbable); however, this is a surgical preference- call your doctor ...Read more

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Non-absorbable sutures ever cause a problem?

Non-absorbable sutures ever cause a problem?

Foreign bodies: Non absorbable sutures are used the doctor is concerned about the tissues in the area and their ability to heal. Commonly on skin to protect against trauma and then removed when doctor feels healing has occurred. Left too long and scarring worsens and foreign body reactions like infection can occur. Too short and the tissues may separate. The key is knowing when to use them and remove them. ...Read more

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What happens when non-absorbable sutures were not completely removed by med student?

What happens when non-absorbable sutures were not completely removed by med student?

Mostly okay: I am assuming you are talking about sutures on your incision. I have seen patients with retained sutures for years without any problem but some do get an infection or suture granuloma that requires the removal of any foreign body in order to heal. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean a wound with non-dissolving stitches?

What is the best way to clean a wound with non-dissolving stitches?

Wound care: Gently wash the area with mild soap & warm water; rinse; pat dry; apply clean dressing if one was present (ideally, antibiotic ointment, non-stick dressing, topper gauze/tube gauze if available & appropriate to the wound site). Watch for signs of infection: heat, redness, increased pain, pus, separation of wound edges. ...Read more

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My skin is growing over my stitches, they are prolene (non dissolving). Should I be worried?

My skin is growing over my stitches, they are prolene (non dissolving). Should I be worried?

Not really.: It's common for skin to grow over sutures. It may make them a little more difficult to remove, and the area may have to be numbed up a bit in order to remove them, but it's nothing to be concerned about. You may wish to call your surgeon and ask if he/she wants to take the sutures out a bit sooner than planned. ...Read more

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What's stitch in side?

What's stitch in side?

Fold in the pleura: This is a knife-like pain that happens from time to time to many of us and taht gets worse as we breathe in. There are many myths, but what is actually happening is that the pleura folds on itself, like underwear might do. A very deep breath will generally end this, or it will self-cure. It's almost never related to disease and if you have no other symptoms, ignore it. ...Read more

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Could having stitches removed hurt?

Could having stitches removed hurt?

Most often: It is either slightly uncomfortable or there is no discomfort. Occasionally there is pain if the sutures were left in too long. Usually it is pretty easy and painless. ...Read more

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Hi, how to clean a stitched/glued area?

Depends: Your doc should have provided you with instructions on how to take care of it. The problem is that it depends on the location of the wound, the type of wound and the type of repair done. Normally, there is a period after repair that the wound needs to stay dry and covered. After that exposure to water is recommended but when, again depends on the wound, location and type of repair. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to remove my stitches at home?

Is it okay for me to remove my stitches at home?

Let a pro do it: Removing stitches isn't rocket science, although sometimes can be harder if there are scabs or hidden stitch. However, having them removed by a medical professional allows them to make sure the wound is healing well, & that surrounding tissue doesn't get injured in the process. Shouldn't be any charge if removed by same provider that put them in. ...Read more

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If I have stitches, how would I clean my wound?

If I have stitches, how would I clean my wound?

Simple cleaning OK: Many wounds will continue to ooze a bit of serum after closure & that can build up & provide food for skin germs that could later invade & infect it. A brief cleaning of the area with soap & water or peroxide being sure to leave it dry can remove the serum & prevent infection. Working around stitches with a wet q tip is also helpful. ...Read more

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If I have stitches, how would I change my bandage?

If I have stitches, how would I change my bandage?

May need to ask: Be sure to follow the directions you were given, different sutured wounds will require different techniques and some may not need changed for several days. In general use washed hands and be sure the old dressing isn't sticking to either the wound edges or the stitches. In most cases it would be replaced with some type of non stick dressing. If in doubt call whoever put them in! ...Read more

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Is there a point at which it's too late to get stitches?

Is there a point at which it's too late to get stitches?

Generally,: About six hours after injury but must consider type of wound, location, age, health, how heavily soiled, etc. ...Read more

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What happens when nonabsorbable stitches are not taken out?

What happens when nonabsorbable stitches are not taken out?

Stitches: No absorbable stitches should be removed as they can become infected ...Read more

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No medication relives pain from these stitches. Please help?

No medication relives pain from these stitches. Please help?

Unsure how to answer: As I am not sure how long ago the stitches were placed, or where or why. If it from old stitches, scar manipulation can help break up adhesions and myofascial triggers. However, this would not be recommended with fresh sutures. There are creams that can help as well. I wish I could help more, but without knowing more, that's about all I can suggest. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I was wondering if my stitches could be remove on the 10th day?

I was wondering if my stitches could be remove on the 10th day?

Stitches where?: Depends. Where are the stitches? Is the wound nicely healed? ...Read more

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