Stitch Left Behind After Cast Removal, What Should I Do If I Can't See my Doctor?

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

Doctor Answers 6

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.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Rhinoplasty stitch

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.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Stitch Removal

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. 

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Rhinoplasty and Remaining Stitch?

Thank you for the question.

Although inconvenient, you will need to see who is “covering” for your plastic surgeon and have him/her evaluate the area and  probably remove the stitch.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

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