My dissolvable stitches are starting to pop out, I have two so far. One has been exposed about 2 weeks now and PS said to just let it be. Now I have another one. It is white and pretty strong. I dont think I can pull it as it seems to have two ends sticking out so I assume its in a knot. Can these stitches leave holes? Should I insist that my PS remove them? Im sure I will start having others pop out. They are freaking me out. I am 4 weeks Tummy Tuck post op
How Long Should I Leave my Dissolvable Stitch Alone?
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Dissolvable stitches poking through skin?
Michelle Spring, MD, FACS
Glacier View Plastic Surgery
Disolvable sutures from a tummy tuck
It is very common for dissolvable sutures to work their way up to the skin and to start to come out! sometimes they cause inflammation points, similar to a pimple, at the site of exit. I recommend patients to jut cut the exposed part of the suture.
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Spitting Dissolvable Sutures Can Be Removed
There should not be a problem with you trimming or removing one or more of your dissolvable stitches which have spit. This happens not infrequently, especially when the knots of sutures have been placed very close to the skin. The sutures are obviously not holding tissue together if they have spit out.
Have an itch to remove a stitch?
As a result, it can be quite common that these stitches begin to make their way to the surface and will extrude. This is nothing to worry about but I do understand how someone may see that and get concerned. I can also understand that it may be uncomfortable and unsightly and one would like to have it removed if possible.
I think you should make an appointment with your plastic surgeon, let him take a look at it, and then request that if he thinks no harm will come from removing the stitches that they be removed. I follow up with my patients pretty frequently after their surgery and if I see a stitch make its way to the surface I will remove it and then have them place a small amount of antibiotic ointment on the little hole until it heals.
I would advise that you not remove them yourself but if you decide to do so then just make sure everything you use is very clean and sterile and that you clean the area before removing the stitch. I hope this helps alleviate some of your concerns and I hope you are able to get this situation resolved.
Ankur Mehta MD
Remove spitting sutures
Spitting sutures can make for poor scars if left sticking through the skin. The wound was closed in several layers and it should not be a problem to remove the sutures that are poking through the skin after a few weeks. If you are "freaked out" I would recommend you have your surgeon remove them. If he won't ( I don't know why he would refuse) then cleanse your skin with an antibacterial soap like Dial or Lever, wipe with peroixide and have someone remove the sutures with small scissors that have also been cleansed. Where you see two ends pull up on one of them and cut one side only below the knot. Apply an antibiotic ointment and small bandage for a day or two.
Spitting stitches after tummy tuck
Spitting stitches following tummy tuck
Dissolvable sutures protruding through skin
This is called suture spitting and is caused by deep sutures placed close to the skin or a localized reaction preventing the sutures from dissolving, therefore making them rise to the surface.
These can be easily fixed by your plastic surgeon. Generally speaking, if they are protruding beyond the skin edges I remove them. If they are visible but not sticking out, I try to leave them as I do not want to create a hole by tugging on the suture.
I hope this helps.
Stiches after tummy tuck
Don't worry, there is no reason to "freak out" since this is a common event after a tummy tuck with absorbable sutures. In most cases, the sites of the sutures heal fine. If this really bothers you, it is OK to ask your surgeon if they can be removed in the office.
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