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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sutures (Overview)

For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate skull bones have fused.


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Will I have staples after hip resurfacing? What will the sutures be after hip resurfacing? Staples or stitches? .

Will I have staples after hip resurfacing? What will the sutures be after hip resurfacing?  Staples or stitches?

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Up to your surgeon: The choice of skin closure method is surgeon dependent. Many surgeons use skin staples, but more and more surgeons will use sutures under the skin and a medical "superglue" with steristrips to close their surgical incisions. Ask your surgeon re the pros and cons. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
267 doctors shared insights

Sutures (Overview)

For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate skull bones have fused.


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Small surgery on breast cyst, had an allergic reaction to sutures and they still haven't dissolved after 4 weeks. Should I tell my surgeon ?

Small surgery on breast cyst, had an allergic reaction to sutures and they still haven't dissolved after 4 weeks. Should I tell my surgeon ?

Ask surgeon: Minor surgical procedure on the breast usually leave a small cavity that is closed by approximating the edges the wound to minimize the space left by the cyst These are dissolving stitches and are gone by 4 wks. The skin edges are approximated by non dissolving skin nylons or a subcuticular dissolving (buried ) stitch in 4 wks. If you dont see the sutures the surgeon will just watch. ...Read more

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What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

Be VERY careful: Most of the outfits offering "heavy metal testing" are scams, charging outrageous prices for"tests" intended to get you to buy their nutritional supplements, have your fillings removed, and generally suck you into a expensive racket. They exude warmth and this is the one thing that may make you feel better. ...Read more

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Is whipple's disease usually deadly?

Is whipple's disease usually deadly?

No, but must dx & rx: Whipples disease is a very rare condition, often found in middle age men, that is also called lipodystrophy. It a bacterial-caused disease that leads to malabsorption of mostly fats and certain sugars into the bloodstream. It will lead to nutritional deficiencies among other problems. Need rx with antibiotics, usually at least a year, herbs and supplements. If left untreated, it can be fatal. ...Read more

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Had a pea-sized cyst removed from shoulder. 6 nylon sutures. Nurse left part of one stitch in during removal & said it'd "work out". Is this normal?

"Work itself out": This is not uncommon. Non absorbable sutures like nylon, your body will with time, sort of push it out. Sometimes it is more painful and cause more harm to try to take it out at the time of suture removal. It should be more visible within the following weeks. If it is not or becomes a bother, let your doctor know. ...Read more

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After a bilateral orxhiopexy how long does it take for the body to replace the sutures with a natural anchor for the testicles?

After a bilateral orxhiopexy how long does it take for the body to replace the sutures with a natural anchor for the testicles?

It depends: It depends on the type of suture used by your surgeon. Sometimes, the surgeon will use what is known as "non-absorbable" suture to perform the orchiopexy, and these are basically permanent. I would ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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How to make sutures dissolve faster?

Product specific: When you get stitches, the doctor will determine how long the tissues (fat, muscle, fascia, skin, etc) need to stay together to heal fastest and best. Each suture type has a time to absorb and lose it's strength. Too long and scarring results. Too short and things fall apart. You really cannot make them dissolve any faster than they are manufactured to do so. Trust your doc and your healing. ...Read more