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Did my Doctor Forgot Some Stitches After Septoplasty?

i had a septoplasty to mix my deviated septum two weeks ago, after 10 days , the doctor took the stiches out which were black colored i think but i found some clear plastic strings tied inside the walls of the nose (where the hair grows) is that normal ?? or did he for got to take them out cuz the were not even close to incision area

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Dissolvable stitches are often used inside the nose

The stitches used to close incisions inside the nose for septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeries are usually dissolvable. These stitches are usually light brown or whitish in color and can take a few weeks to dissolve and fall out. Don't be alarmed if you notice them inside your nose after surgery. If a stitch is bothering you and has not yet dissolved, check with your surgeon about having it trimmed or removed. 


Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Temporary Sutures After Septoplasty Are Normal

Having some dissolvable sutures used to close part of the septoplasty incision is normal. By using dissolvable sutures, they do not need to be removed which is usually more comfortable for the patient. These should fall out on their own within a couple of weeks. If you are concerned or they are bothering you then I would speak with your surgeon to be sure that they are dissolvable sutures.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Most surgeons use absorbable sutures internally during nasal surgery

These likely represent absorbable sutures that were used during your surgery.  It is not uncommon for the to start "falling out" 7-10 days after surgery.  If you have any concerns, please consult with your surgeon.

Gregory Pippin, MD
Metairie Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty Recovery

Most surgeons use dissolvable sutures (stitches) inside the nose to close the incisions from a septoplasty or rhinoplasty. These are usually a clear/brown color but can be off-white. They can persist for several weeks until they dissolve, and sometimes a fragment of one will come out on its own.. If you have any questions as what remains in your nose, you should return to see your surgeon.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Stitches after Septoplasty / Rhinoplasty

Thank you for your question.

Depending on the technique used for the nasal surgery, there can be removable stitches on the skin of the nose, typically on the columella - the part that joins the tip of the nose to the upper lip.

It is also commonplace to use dissolvable/absorbable sutures in the inside of the nose - these can be brown, tan, white, clear, or purple, depending on the surgeon.

I would recommend that you consult the operating surgeon to be sure - while it's unlikely that any sutures were unintentionally left behind, we're all human and so it's possible.  

Doctor forgot to remove some stitches after a septoplasty?

 In our practice we use only dissolvable stitches inside the nose, so there is nothing to remove after the procedure. We also do not place any packing on the inside of the nose. Expect at least a week of swelling on the inside of the nose and not being able to breathe out of it due to the swelling.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sutures Inside Nose After Septoplasty

Sutures seen on the inside of the nose are typically absorbable.  Your body will absorb these sutures over a few weeks.  Everyone's body absorbs these sutures at a different rate and if they are present at one month or longer they can be readily removed in the office.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty surgery and sutures

The clear sutures after septoplasty often are the absorbable type that will dissolve with time.  Sometimes these absorbable sutures come out on their own before they dissolve.  No worries. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Absorbable Sutures After Septoplasty

It is likely you are seeing the residual material from the absorbable sutures that were placed during your septoplasty procedure. It does take several weeks for these sutures to eventually dissolve and go away completely. Saline sprays (essentially medicinal salt water)  in the nose does help to keep things moisturized and promotes faster absorption of the suture material. 

John M. Hilinski, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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