What Does Spitting out a Suture Mean?

Quite a few gals have mentioned that their bodies have rejected a suture or two and as a result, their bodies have "spit" them out.

Doctor Answers 2

What's the Meaning of a "Spitting Suture"?

Although modern stitch materials are much more body friendly than older materials (such as horse hair, cotton, silk, silver, steel etc), and are much better tolerated sometimes the body reacts with an inflammatory response to a stitch creating fluid around it. The pressure of the fluid then burrs a tunnel along the path of least resistance which is usually the scar overhead. The result? A pimple like eruptin which after draining off reveals the bunny ear like cut ends of a tied stitch. Once the spit, exposed stitch is removed the hole closes rapidly. Some stitches are usually more prone to spitting than others but no stitch is immune to this minor complication. 

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Spitting sutures?

The phrase "spitting sutures" refers to the concept that either permanent or absorbable sutures that are normally just under the skin poke through the skin and are palpable on the outside. Often these are the knots of sutures commonly first apparent at 2-3 weeks after the original procedure. If absorbable they often just pull out, or can be cut at their ends.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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.