I had rhinoplasty and the cast was removed several days ago and all the stitches were pulled...supposedly. Today I realized that there's still a stitch left on my left nostril's base just inside where the hair would be. It's black and had a knot around it. I need to get it out but not sure what to do since my doctor's out of town across the country and he's also currently on vacation. What should I do because going back to him now is nor an option. I won't be able to see him again until April
Stitch Left Behind After Cast Removal, What Should I Do If I Can't See my Doctor?
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Stitch not Removed During Rhinoplasty Post-op Visit
It is possible a stitch was not removed during your post-op visit. Just call your surgeon's office for a referral to the physician covering the practice while he is gone. If you are not in the same town, ask for a recommendation to another surgeon in your community.
It is sometimes difficult to see all the stitches just after surgery becuase often there is a lot of crusting at the sutture line. Every once in a while a stitch is missed and the next visit it is removed. If your doctor is not available, he should have someone covering him and you can ask them to remove it.
Removing stitch left behind after rhinoplasty
Your surgeon's office should be able to tell you who is covering for your surgeon. If you're not in the area they should be able to give you a referral to a local colleague who can help out.
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Stitch Removal After Rhinoplasty
Your surgeon's office should be able to refer you to another surgeon who is covering for your surgeon to remove the suture.
If your plastic surgeon is out of town, then you should be able to see who is covering for him/her. They should be able to evaluate the area and remove the stitch if they think it is appropriate.
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