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What happens when surgical staples stay in the skin too long?

What happens when surgical staples stay in the skin too long?

Surgical staples: Just as with any incision, there is always a risk of infection. In most cases, staples are less likely to cause infections than sutures. The down side is that they often lead to more scarring. This also depends on how well the staples are aligned and how long the staples remain in the skin. Staples are left in the skin for 10-14 days. ...Read more

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Can internal surgical staples cause a recurring skin rash near the incision? Area?

Can internal surgical staples cause a recurring skin rash near the incision? Area?

Post-operative rash: Yes, this can happen. Right after surgery, there can be itching as tissues initially heal. When metal is to be left in the body, some doctors have the patient get patch tested for contact sensitivity to metals. Nickel is the commonest metal hypersensitivity, affecting 10% of people. Many metals used are alloys containing it. A dermatologist or allergist can patch test for metal sensitivity. ...Read more

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Black & Blue mark appeared on skin on top of where stone staple from previous ACL surgery was. I don't recall hitting knee. Just coincidence?

Black & Blue mark appeared on skin on top of where stone staple from previous ACL surgery was. I don't recall hitting knee. Just coincidence?

Black and blue/ACL: Likely nothing to worry about - not sure what you mean by stone staple - staples are metal and removed when area is healed - as long as the area is not warm and red and tender its likely you suffered a bruise - from a minimal injury and this is what you are seeing. If it gets worse - contact your surgeon. Good luck ...Read more

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How long is too long for surgical staples?

How long is too long for surgical staples?

Staple length?: Do you mean staple length or size? Or do you mean leaving staples inside the body or the length of time skin incision staples left on the skin? Please clarify. ...Read more

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How long can staples stay on a surgery incision?

How long can staples stay on a surgery incision?

Until you die: Staples can stay on the incision long after the incision is healed. If the area is kept from infection and not irritated from movement of the staples they can stay in indefinitely.
This is not needed. There is min discomfort with removal and they can and generally are taken out with healing of the wound. ...Read more

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How long the suture or staples can be removed after surgery?

How long the suture or staples can be removed after surgery?

Depends on location: There may be reasons to keep material a little longer, but general guidelines:

sutures
eyelids – 3 days
neck – 3 to 4 days
face – 5 days

sutures and staples
scalp – 7 to 14 days
trunk and upper extremities – 7 days
lower extremities – 8 to 10 days. ...Read more

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I just had surgery to remove a plate which was put in 3 months ago when I broke my clavicle. Being the 2nd incision, how long should the staples stay?

I just had surgery to remove a plate which was put in 3 months ago when I broke my clavicle. Being the 2nd incision, how long should the staples stay?

Your: SURGEON makes that decision...the ONLY one that should have a say.....you should have a follow-up visit planned if not arrange for one!!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I had a hole in my bowel and a ulcer and my galbladder was removed I was in surgery for 4 hours I have 25 staples how long dose my staples stay in?

I had a hole in my bowel and a ulcer and my galbladder was removed I was in surgery for 4 hours I have 25 staples how long dose my staples stay in?

Your surgeon will: Determine how long the staples need to stay in place. Usually 10 to 14 days but it is variable depending on your clinical condition and body build. Ask when you go in for your next post operative visit. ...Read more

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How long will surgery take for a self inflicted gun shot to the head?

How long will surgery take for a self inflicted gun shot to the head?

Variable: It really depends on the location and extent of the injury, as well as the condition of the patient. ...Read more

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How long is the time taken for damaged nerves to recover? I alrd undergone a surgery 6 months ago, but I still can't feel anything when touches skin

How long is the time taken for damaged nerves to recover? I alrd undergone a surgery 6 months ago, but I still can't feel anything when touches skin

Months to years: Depending on how extensive is the nerve injury it may take years. Sometimes it may not return to normal if whole nerve severed. ...Read more

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Heavy, had infection in skin after surgery. How long does it take to heal if left it open?

Heavy, had infection in skin after surgery. How long does it take to heal if left it open?

Varies: Dpends on depth and size of wound. It can require 1 to several weeks to close. Follow instructions re cleaning wound amd watch for signs of infection - heat, swelling, change in discharge. Follow up with doctor to monitor progress of wound. ...Read more

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I have an extra long tailbone. It sticks out and is painful to do sit-ups, lay down etc. The skin around is rough and looks like I had surgery but no?

I have an extra long tailbone. It sticks out and is painful to do sit-ups, lay down etc. The skin around is rough and looks like I had surgery but no?

Talk 2 Ur parents-: -about this. If a major problem it can B excised, but Ur parents need 2 find a surgeon who is experienced in this type of surgery. a simple xam & x-rays R needed as well as a rectal xam. I have excised 25-30 of these all have been happy the day after surgery and have remained so.

avoid toboggans, and any thing that could cause U 2 land hard on Ur butt, as this can B easily Fx'd. ...Read more

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How long will I be in surgery during a body lift procedure? I've successfully lost some of my excess weight and I am no longer in the overweight category. As hard as I have tried, the excess skin in my butt and inner thighs will not firm up. I want to hav

How long will I be in surgery during a body lift procedure? I've successfully lost some of my excess weight and I am no longer in the overweight category. As hard as I have tried, the excess skin in my butt and inner thighs will not firm up. I want to hav

7 to 9 hours: I prefer to perform body lifts using IV sedation as patients have a quicker recovery compared to General Anesthesia. I customize the procedure to fit your body frame and the goals you want to achieve and use a technique to give you the thinnest possible scar. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. (http://www. Cosmeticsurg. Net/procedures/body-lift/) ...Read more

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How long does it take for a person to completely recover from abdominal surgery if staples and surtures were involved?

How long does it take for a person to completely recover from abdominal surgery if staples and surtures were involved?

6 months: Most people return to normal activity 4-6 weeks after abdominal surgery, but complete healing of the tissues takes up to 6 months. ...Read more

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Is there a way weatish complexion can be turned to fair (make it glow) without plastic surgery? How can my skin glow for life long?

Start with nutrition: Eat a balanced diet and drink 2 quarts of water daily. Duplicate any sodas or alcohol with water, also. Take a multivitamin w/iron unless you're very sure you're diet is truly balanced. Give this at least 3mos to work in your body. If you don't glow, see your doc for bloodwork to assess your nutrient status and proceed from there. ...Read more

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Radial head surgery type 2, 3 not sure7 scrws 4weeks ago. I have a lot of stiffness and swelling. I'm going to ot. How long is recoup?

Radial head surgery type 2, 3 not sure7 scrws 4weeks ago. I have a lot of stiffness and swelling. I'm going to ot. How long is recoup?

Recovery: From this procedure can be 10 -12 weeks. Need to protect the repair but gently move the elbow so it doesn't get stiff. At about 8 weeks can start pushing it more. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my 4th and 5th metatarsal two plates and 19 screws and two incision with 25 staples ihow long do those staples need to stay in it has been 3 weeks since surgery and I am scheduled to get them out oct 16th is this too long I have no pain I

I had surgery on my 4th and 5th metatarsal two plates and 19 screws and two incision with 25 staples ihow long do those staples need to stay in it has been 3 weeks since surgery and I am scheduled to get them out oct 16th is this too long I have no pain I

Talk to your doctor: While the soft tissues may appear to have healed, if the deeper tissues were severely traumatized or you have other issues (like diabetes or open injury) the surgeon may have reasons for keeping the staples in. On the other hand if there is skin irritation around the staples (redness, drainage, pus pockets), the doctor needs to know. ...Read more

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What is the right cream or ointment to accelerate the healing after nose surgery? I plan to have nose surgery to correct my excessively long and narrow nose. What should I know about choosing a cream or ointment to improve the healing of the skin followin

What is the right cream or ointment to accelerate the healing after nose surgery? I plan to have nose surgery to correct my excessively long and narrow nose. What should I know about choosing a cream or ointment to improve the healing of the skin followin

If: If you are having an "open" nasal procedure, you will likely have a small incision at the under surface of the end of your nose called the columella. There is no specific ointment that will accelerate the healing process, but the goal is to provide your incision line with an environment that will optimize the healing process.

Your surgeon will likely have his or her own wound care instructions. Thus, I would follow the instructions given by your surgeon, but the following regimen works well for my patients. I have them gently clean their incision with a 50-50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water with a q-tip. Some bubbling results, which help dissolve crusts that often form on incision lines. After cleaning the wound, they aplly a thin layer of a petrolatum based ointment (vaseline, aquaphor) with a q-tip. The wound care is typically performed three to four times a day and for the first two weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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What is the right cream or ointment to accelerate the healing after nose surgery? I plan to have nose surgery to correct my excessively long and narrow nose. What should I know about choosing a cream or ointment to improve the healing of the skin followin

What is the right cream or ointment to accelerate the healing after nose surgery? I plan to have nose surgery to correct my excessively long and narrow nose. What should I know about choosing a cream or ointment to improve the healing of the skin followin

My: My suggestions to patients regarding how to take care of their incision lines includes twice daily application of diluted peroxide followed by plain vaseline (for 10-14 days). I find this helps the healing process. There's not much else for you to do to accelerate the skin healing otherwise. Your surgeon may have their own recommendations so I would suggest following what he or she suggests. ...Read more

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I have congenital dislocated radius, how long does it take to recover from excision of the radial head surgery?

I have congenital dislocated radius, how long does it take to recover from excision of the radial head surgery?

Couple of months: After excision of radial head first two weeksare rough and you will not be able to use the arm. Then gradually you will be allowed to start excercising and using the arm slowly o heavy use for several months but it will improve every week for complete recovery it may take as long as 3-6 months. ...Read more

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I was found to be anemic due to the large fibroids. My hair -head, has stopped growing. What could be the cause? After surgery, will it grow back longer?

I was found to be anemic due to the large fibroids. My hair -head, has stopped growing. What could be the cause? After surgery, will it grow back longer?

Maybe but it depends: Your hair can stop growing due to major stress. Typically we think of child birth and hospitalizations but extreme anemia can do this too. Assuming your thyroid is normal and your blood count recovers after your operation, then we would expect your hair to return to normal. But expect several months to go by before you see a full head of hair again. ...Read more

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After surgery for head and neck cancer, how long before you could eat solid food again?

After surgery for head and neck cancer, how long before you could eat solid food again?

Depends: Depends on the what structures are being operated on and how much reconstruction needs to be done. Extensive surgery involving the tongue, base of tongue, back of throat (oropharynx/hypopharynx) and larynx (voice box) will take longer to heal and therefore more time needed before you are back to eating solid food easily. ...Read more

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Tell me about plastic surgery to remove the "apron" of skin left behind after a loss in belly fat. How long will I feel pain?

Tell me about plastic surgery to remove the "apron" of skin left behind after a loss in belly fat. How long will I feel pain?

Not long: Abdominal lipectomy, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or lower body lift are all possible treatments for loose, hanging skin due to various degrees of weight loss.
The procedures can be very safe with only minor discomfort mostly within the first few days after surgery, usually managed well with pain medications. Consult with a plastic surgeon to discover which option is best for you. ...Read more

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I had surgery, now I have an infection (Pseudomonas aeruginosa skin) I'm taking levofloxacin 500mg. How long for the infection to star clearing up?

I had surgery, now I have an infection (Pseudomonas aeruginosa skin) I'm taking levofloxacin 500mg. How long for the infection to star clearing up?

Skin infection: You should notice that the infection is not getting worse in 24-48 hours and starting to get better in 3-5 days. If it does not or is getting worse you should contact your doctor especially if you are getting fevers after 48 hours, or you have new onset of fevers at any time. ...Read more

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How much extra skin does a 6'3" man have after going from 380 to 205 pounds in 18 months from weight loss surgery also what are my options in terms of treatments and costs. How long after weight loss surgery should someone wait before seriously exploring

How much extra skin does a 6'3" man have after going from 380 to 205 pounds in 18 months from weight loss surgery also what are my options in terms of treatments and costs. How long after weight loss surgery should someone wait before seriously exploring

Likely yes: With that weight loss, you might expect some excess skin. Most insurance companies will cover the removal of lower belly skin if you have a persistent rash for three months. Usually you would wait about 18 months for this surgery. Good luck. ...Read more