Can stitches left inside after a scar revision on the neck affect healing?
11 months ago
I had scar revision surgery on neck dissection scar 6 months ago. There are white spots on one side and a hole where a stitch was in the center of my neck. Yesterday, puss came out of the hole. Six stitches were left inside the incision area and popped out 1-3 months after surgery. The stitches weren't dissolvable. Neither the doctor nor his nurse would answer my question. The doctor suggested laser resurfacing.
Doctor Answers 1
Scar removal in Los Angeles
There are different types of sutures; some of which can stay within the tissue, and others that naturally absorb. It is not uncommon for a retained suture to be rejected and/or cause inflammation and scarring.
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Have a question?
Ask a doctor
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as
a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you
have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute
or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.