Can stitches left inside after a scar revision on the neck affect healing?
3 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)
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
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