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A week after stitches were removed on surgery to index finger, the general area of the wound is now very slowly oozing yellow-ish fluid. Is it ok?

A week after stitches were removed on surgery to index finger, the general area of the wound is now very slowly oozing yellow-ish fluid. Is it ok?

Hmmmm...: A sutured wound should heal and should not be draining a yellow discharge. Be sure to have the area looked at by the doctor and get evaluated for a possible infection to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I got stitched up 2 days ago, is it okay if it is still oozing? How do I clean it?

I got stitched up 2 days ago, is it okay if it is still oozing? How do I clean it?

Normal healing!: Wounds take time to heal. Depending on where on the body you were sutured, the stitches will be removed in 1-2 weeks. The oozing is normal. Gently clean the area with peroxide and remove any crusting or dried up ooze that may have formed. Then apply a thin layer of vaseline ointment. No need to keep wound covered at this stage unless it will get dirty. Do this 2-3x day until sutures are removed. ...Read more

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Should my leg still be oozing after two months and stitches gone? It has a scab but not healed

Should my leg still be oozing after two months and stitches gone?  It has a scab but not healed

Depends, BUT....: Overall health and extent of injury make an enormous difference in healing and recovery. I would say 2 months later might be a bit much. See you doctor! ...Read more

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My cut is oozing blood in clots after stitches have been gone for 5 days. It's scabbed over but no infection. Is this normal?

My cut is oozing blood in clots after stitches have been gone for 5 days. It's scabbed over but no infection. Is this normal?

Oozing blood after s: Where is the wound? And how deep it was?
The clots coming though would indicate that under the skin repair you have a hematoma, as time goes on the clot will undergo further lysis and the hematoma will liquify. You should have a Doppler/ultrasound, obtain the size of the cavity, and if you have a cavity of 4 x 4 in my opinion if the cavity is present, must be re-explored, remove all skin sutur ...Read more

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How can I deal with the pain from having my stitches removed?

How can I deal with the pain from having my stitches removed?

NSAID: Usually that is not a significant source of pain. However, if it is really bothersome than consider use of acetominophen or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Acupuncture can also help. ...Read more

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How long before stitches are removed after a hysterectomy?

How long before stitches are removed after a hysterectomy?

Stitches disolve: In the vast majority of surgical cases your surgeon will use dissolvable sutures (stitches). These will not need to be removed. ...Read more

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How can I protect myself during a soccer game when my stitches were recently removed?

How can I protect myself during a soccer game when my stitches were recently removed?

You can't: It depends on location of wound. If incision is on the legs and were recently removed its better to wait until the incision is sealed and water tight. Even though the stitches were removed the strength of the underlying tissue woud not withstand significant shear force. ...Read more

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When you can go to the gym after the stitches are removed from the wound? From the face

When you can go to the gym after the stitches are removed from the wound? From the face

Ok to go: Stitches are only removed when the wound has healed adequately that there is little risk for reopening. The face is a relatively low stress area of skin and you should be fine to workout if the wound looks closed. If you're engaging in aerobic activity within a week of stitch removal, I recommend wearing an absorbent bandage to absorb sweat away from the scar and use plain lotion after shower. ...Read more

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I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after their in?

I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after their in?

Laser: Hi Kenneth! It's usually a fairly easy surgery. I use a soft tissue laser to remove mucoceles in my office. They usually heal with a few days and usually have very little discomfort after the procedure. I'm sure you would be able to see a dentist with a laser in your area. The procedure should take just a few minutes once you are numb. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What causes a laceration to reopen after having stitches removed?

What causes a laceration to reopen after having stitches removed?

Techniue & Infection: There can be multiple causes here. Infection can cause even well-sutured wounds to re-open. Wounds closed under tension can also fail; more so if not opposed by deep sutures of the right type or if the tension is just too much. In the latter case additional surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Are stitches removed after varicocele surgery?

Are stitches removed after varicocele surgery?

Sometimes: If all the stitches are plaed under the skin they will not be removed. If they can be seen they will be removed after an appropriate period, usually 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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How are stitches removed or dissolved after a corneal transplant?

How are stitches removed or dissolved after a corneal transplant?

Removed: Nylon sutures are typically used which are non-absorbable so they have to be removed. ...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 I have had my disk removed home the next day the wound is 2 inches covered with a plaster how often shall I replace the plaster and when can I get it wet its dissolve able stitches thanks?

Hi I have had my disk removed home the next day the wound is 2 inches covered with a plaster how often shall I replace the plaster and when can I get it wet its dissolve able stitches thanks?

Ask your surgeon: You should have received wound care instructions and activity restrictions from your surgeon. Every surgeon tends to have his own specific post op care routine that can vary from patient to patient for several reasons. I do not have enough information to guide you appropriately. ...Read more

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Why is laceration reopening after stitches removed?

Why is laceration reopening after stitches removed?

Many possibilities: Perhaps sutures removed too soon, perhaps you have delayed healing related to any of a number of factors such as renal failure, diabetes, poor nutrition, smoking, perhaps there is too much tension on the wound, perhaps underlying infection.
Best to see your doc. ...Read more

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How long before the stitches are removed following a neck lift?

How long before the stitches are removed following a neck lift?

Absorbable: I only use absorbable sutures and exclusively buried under the skin.
Whenever permanent sutures are used on the face they absolutely most be removed prior to 7 days. ...Read more

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How long it will take internal stitches to cure after a left ovarian removed surgery?

How long it will take internal stitches to cure after a left ovarian removed surgery?

It depends...: On what type of suture material was used and the thickness of the suture. Without knowing the answer to both of those, it's difficult to tell exactly. They may have even used non-absorbable sutures. ...Read more

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If you have scars from stitches, can they be removed? If so, how? And how "perfect" is the removal? Thank you.

If you have scars from stitches, can they be removed?  If so, how?  And how "perfect" is the removal?  Thank you.

Not perfect!: I am going to guess that you mean the "dots" on either side of the main scar or the "crosshatching" that can result from stitches crossing the wound. The best technique would have to be determined by exam, but dermabrasion might help on the face. Excision of the entire area and then closing the wound with sutures under the skin and glue to avoid suture marks altogether might make sense. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had stitched removed in july and the location where it was removed appears red and has a discharge clear?

I had stitched removed in july and the location where it was removed appears red and has a discharge clear?

See doctor: Go have that checked out. Unlikely related but a physical exam is very useful in this situation. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago, is there a possibility that the stitch on the inside has opened after all this time?

I had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago, is there a possibility that the stitch on the inside has opened after all this time?

Possible; Relevant?: Unlikely. Why? The purpose of sutures=only temporary: hold tissue in close approximation, allow more rapid healing into the goal new organization. After days-to-weeks all the strength is within the tissues, not the sutures. [For a variety of purposes, resorbable sutures are used which dissolve (eaten away by macrophages) within a few weeks to ~3 months.] Afterwards suture=only a foreign object. ...Read more