Pain after silver nitrate on hole caused from a spit stitch on TT incision. Normal for it to still be burning & hurting? (Photo)

Hole on TT incision was not healing after a stitch spit over 6 weeks ago. Doc made the hole a lot bigger and used a silver nitrate stick (it hurt like a !#%^*) and it's still hurting 24 hours later. I'm afraid it may be infected. It hurts a good bit and the gunk now coming out of it is pretty gross (kinda looks like brownish yellowish snot). I can't find much info online about what to expect when it comes to pain and exudate after silver nitrate

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Hello victorious, thank you for your excellent question. Congratulations on your recent surgery.  Without the benefit of knowing your full health history and an in person exam it's impossible to say for certain. Your concerns are important to discuss directly with your board certified plastic surgeon.  He or she will appreciate the open communication and will want to help you. If you decide to seek a second opinion, consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in person, preferably one who has these credentials: *Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery - the gold star symbol
*A member of the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) - the circle symbol
*A member of the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) - the Queen Nefertiti symbol with a Triangle.   Hope this is helpful and wish you all the very best. Kind regards, Brian Coan, MD, FACS  CARE Plastic Surgery

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Silver nitrate burns

Its not infected.  The silver nitrate stings like that.  Take a shower and let the water and soap get into the wound.  The remnants of the silver nitrate are still there.

Incision Pain

Great Question! Your picture looks as though you still have an opening in your incision. Keep area clean and dry. It is possible to keep hurting a day or so after silver nitrate. Watch the size of your incision- if it keeps getting larger call your plastic surgeon as soon as possible. If you run a fever also call your surgeon ASAP. Hopefully your wound will start closing soon! Good luck!

Ed Breazeale, Jr., MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Pain after silver nitrate on hole caused from a spit stitch on TT incision. Normal for it to still be burning & hurting?

Thank you for your question and photograph and i am sorry to hear of your pain after the silver nitrate treatment.  These sticks are a chemical cauterizer of tissue and can cause some discomfort for patients that may persist over 24 hours.  It will color the treated tissues with a silver-black appearance but this will clear quickly as the body heals.  If you start to have any signs of an infection - spreading redness, increased warmth, fever, nausea, etc - talk to your surgeon and ask to be seen. Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Silver nitrate

Silver nitrate is a commonly used chemical that cauterizes the area you put it on.  This means to burn.  So that sensation is normal.  Also, it is siver/black so it causes the drainage to change colors.

Tyler C. Street, MD
Napa Plastic Surgeon

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