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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
How long does it take for a person to completely recover from abdominal surgery if staples and surtures were involved?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surgeon-Preference: Incision healing is dependent on scar type and location, as well as patient-specific factors. Therefore, the true "expert" to answer this is your surgeon. In general, most can be removed within 5-14 days. It is best to remove them as early as possible to minimize the "railroad tracking" scars. ...Read more
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