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Old 06-04-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
 
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Dissolvable stitches poking out

Hey ladies! For those of you that have had dissolvable stitches, did you have any that poked out? I have one set of permanent internal sutures around my areola, but my PS also uses a set of dissolvable stitches all around my areola (also internal). When I went for my 2 week post-op (I'm three weeks post-op) they tried to clip them all, but they missed about three. Right now I have three spots where the dissolvable stitch is poking out a little and my incision won't heal properly. It's not infected or anything, I just don't think it will heal until it's gone.

For those that have had this, did the stitches ever go away on their own, or did you have to go back and get them taken out/clipped? My PS is an 18 hour round trip away, so my options are to:

-wait it out
-go to a walk-in clinic

I'd rather not go to a walk-in clinic with a regular, "non-boobie" doctor, cause I'm shy (lame, I know!) but I will if I have to.

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I had a dissolvable stitch poking out too. It was from my Tubal ligiation and not my BA.
I just grabbed the end with a pair of tweezers and pulled a little bit and then used some little cuticle scissors to cut it off close to the skin. After being cut it popped back inside the skin. I pulled it out gently first with the tweezers so that I had room to cut and so the tension would make it retract back after being cut.
After doing that, my incision site felt sooo much more comfortable and it healed up really quick. I didnt want to go to my regular doctor for it either and my PS is ages away.
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Thanks for sharing your experience! I just clipped all the ones that were poking out and then put on some polysporin. I noticed there were some ones that I could kind of feel, but they were below the skin level, if that makes sense. Like, I can tell they're still there (not dissolved yet) but they're not "poking out". Some of these ones have a scab on them. Should I try to "dig them out" (ewww, sounds gross!) or do you think they will dissolve on their own?

Anyone else have this issue? Did they go away on their own after a while? How long did it take?
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I had 'pokey' ones under the skin too --- I just left those, annoying, and seemed to take ages to dissolve. Must of been about a month. I just gave them a gentle rub now and then to help the dissolving process, and to try and move the stitch slighltly.
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I had the same problem with my crease incision, they are called spitting stitches and I have a pic of one in my albums. I used tweezers to pull it out. I have at least 3 more that I can still feel under the skin that won't dissolve and I am waiting for them to surface so I can pull them. I am 3 months post op and my first one came out @ 2 months.
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I have the same thing in a couple of places on the vertical incision going down from the areola but I'm too scared to touch it.
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Thanks for all the advice! I think I'll leave these ones be for a bit, and see what they do. If they start poking out more, I'll clip 'em. But maybe since they're below the level of the skin surface, maybe my body will absorb them (yum!)

I can't believe some of you had stitches still spitting at 1, 2, 3 months! I hope it doesn't take that long. I don't want to start scar treatment until they're all gone.

Did y'all have to wait until they were completely gone to start scar treatment?
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I'm interested in hearing more discussions about the dissolvable stitches as well. A couple of mine around the areola are hard, and I'm not sure if it is scar tissue or if there is a stitch in there that has not dissolved!
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I had this same thing happen with 2 of my stitches. They began to "poke out" and I went & my PS used tweezers and scissors and cut it and pulled it out. The second time I called him & he said I could do it myself if I didn't wanna have to drive an hour to see him. I actually had a little scab on this one but I just gently scratched it off and pulled the stitch out with tweezers. There was a tiny little hole and I put a band aid over it & it healed up in 2 days Just make sure everything is sanitary before you dig around!
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mine came off 3 weeks post-op. i soaked it with warm water and rubbed it out. the stitches slowly peels off just like that. hth. i still have scab on my incision tho. i peeled it off every time i see it, but it seems to be coming back
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[QUOTE=1hummingbird;1411217]Hey ladies! For those of you that have had dissolvable stitches, did you have any that poked out?

Ok, so today was my second post op appt. I got the surgical tape removed and the doc and nurse both looked at the incision site and said "oh, they look great! The left is healing a little nicer than the right one but it looks like you had an allergic reaction to the tape. That will subside now." I took their word for it and was happy as hell to have those tapes removed, however, I couldn't help to wonder why that part of my incision was giving me such an issue. Well, I came home and took a large makeup magnification mirror and looked for myself. To my surprise, I found that there was a "flesh colored" stitch poking out of the most irritated area. So, naturally, I was a little shocked as well as upset that the doc didn't look closely enough to see what was , perhaps, the real resin for the irritation and what looks like an open sore. So, I took a pair of pointed tweezers, cleaned them with alcohol, a scissor cleaned with alcohol and gently pulled the stitch and cut as much as I could. Not sure yet if this will help the healing process of that area but I can't see that it could hurt.?? I also put some neosporin on using a gauze pad to apply. I'll try and let y'all know the outcome of this little blip as soon as I can! Also, I'll try and post a pic here of what i'm seeing on the incision.
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it's 2 months after my breast lift surgery and just today I pulled out another stitch. I use tweezers to dig through scabs and gently pull out and cut them if the entire piece will not come out. I have been doing this since week three so I am no longer afraid of digging/pulling/cutting them. For the last couple of days though I have an internal stitch that is trying to make its way out and its irritating my skin. I noticed it first about 4 days ago and after massaging it I finally got the end of it to come out through a stitch hole that had not healed yet. I pulled it and cut it as close to the skin as possible and almost immediately felt some relief. The problem now is that the rest of it is still in and hurting and i can't seem to be able to find a way to push/pull it out. I'll try warm compresses and massage to see if it will help.
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I had some as well, they were dissolvable ones though, they only had to cut out the black ones.
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I guess I still have hope if some of y'all are still pulling some out at 2-3 months PO. I'm 9 weeks PO and I have some scar tissue behind my crease incision on my left breast. PS said its probably the dissolvable stitches taking longer than normal to dissolve. I massage it every night but I don't know where it would come out of because my incision is heeled. I pulled a bunch out of the other breast but none out of this one. I'm hoping they find their way out soon!!!
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I left them alone for a while. Then one day, I tugged gently and they came out!
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The body is truly amazing! Along my incision all closed and then I would notice a small opening starting and wow then a stitch poking out! The body will "spit out" stitches not needed. As soon as stitch is removed, small opening closes again in like two or three days. And then another opening on the other side and another spitting stitch, this went on for a while for me!
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This happened to me too!
But for me, my PS pulled them out!
It was more painful than my recovery. I was very upset he did that! He said they wouldn't dissolve since they were not in my skin =[
They can get infected, so I'd recommend Urgent care.
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The same thing happened to me, so I did some reading on this forum and cut the stitches like how everyone recommended. At first I didn't cut it deep enough so it was still slightly poking out and it was in the way to let it heal properly, so the next two days I tugged on it harder and cut more of it off. It's healed nicely now, except there's a scab there. I suppose that's normal.

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Mine started poking out after 3 years- I could feel them under the skin, they almost felt like staples and one came through the skin. It turned red around it and my dr. can't see me until next month so I am just waiting to see what she will do. Now I don't know if the other ones I feel are going to do the same thing.
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My PS said I could cut it, so I did

It took some poking & prodding, but I got it out. It was the only area not healing, & it was tender to touch, so it had to go. He said I could snip it, so i did. I used a lot of Betadine, along with tweezers, cuticle clippers, & sterile gauze, making sure to clean everything frequently. Luckily I also had Bactroban ointment on hand, so after I FINALLY got it out, I cleaned the area again with Betadine, applied Bactroban, making sure to get it "in there" as best I could, & then covered with a Band-Aid. I feel SOOO much better... There's no bump, or tenderness, & it can finally freakin heal.
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