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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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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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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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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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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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How do I know if surgical staples are ready to come out?

How do I know if surgical staples are ready to come out?

Ask your surgeon: Depending on the surgery, the location of the incision, your overall health and a few other factors staples can stay in as short as 3 days and as long as 2 week. Okay to get in for your post operative appointment. ...Read more

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How many days surgical wound gets healed and the staples can come out?

How many days surgical wound gets healed and the staples can come out?

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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I had a lap.Gallbladder surgery I have 13-24 surgical clips in my liver, is it a normal thing to have in after that surgery?#nqlu in laproscopic surgeries they cannot use stiches so I have been told since, they only staple.

Its : Its not customary to have so many clips but they are used routinely to clamp off the cystic duct as well as cystic artery. On avg, 4 cips are used. But everyone is different and you may have had extenuating circumstances that required more than the usual number. ...Read more

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