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Old 01-03-2011, 05:28 AM   #1
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Removing stitches on face

I had surgery for bcc on my face under my eye that required 9 stitches. After 6 days, I went in and the nurse removed them and covered the area
with steri strips, and said to leave them there until they came off on their own. After 5 days the steri strips came off and much to my surprise there
are at least 2 stitches that are not removed and my skin has healed over them. Now I wonder if they have to cut once again to remove them. I'm calling the office as soon as they open this morning. Just wondering if any one else has had this happen and what the doctor did to get the covered stitches out.
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Re: Removing stitches on face

I don't know if you had the Moh's surgery method or not, but I did last year on my forehead near the hairline. After I removed the strips, they told me 7 days, I noticed a couple of small red bumps. Called the office and they told me to come in cause sometimes some stitches don't totally desolve. All they did was make a small needle hole and removed the undesolved stitches. It didn't hurt at all and everything healed within 3 days. Good luck...JJ....
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Re: Removing stitches on face

I didn't have the Moh's, too impatient. Just let them cut and send to path.
I had regular thread for the stitches. They had me come in and the stitches came out okay, they had to dig for the knot. Just left a little redness, but not painful. Path report came back clear margins, so done with this episode.

Have you had more than one bout with skin cancer? This was my second, and I've been told there will most likely be more. Spent too much time frying at the beach when I was a dumb, young kid.......
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Re: Removing stitches on face

Hi...yes this was my second as well. The first was done like you, the old fashion stitch routine but the last one was done Moh's way due to the thin skin area. I just had 4 more frozen off 2 weeks ago, another on my face, right at the temple and one on the back and one on my upper thigh. I was a nervous wreck when I spoted the one on my face as the 2 surgeries were on the face but I got lucky this time. Yup, like you, it is all years of damage I did as a young teen soaking up the old sun.

Glad all went well, and let's hope we don't get any more, but those chances are slim unfortunately. Take care....JJ....
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Re: Removing stitches on face

Thank you for answering my post. I have a question re Moh's surgery. I had that choice since the lesion was located right under my eye, but it sounded like it would take too long and I'm a chicken. Do they renumb the area each time they take a new slice? How long in between slices and the results? I was lucky because the way they cut the bcc out followed natural lines between the corner of my eye and cheek. It wil barely show. I just can't imagine the stress waiting for results between each cut, and whether I get poked again. I am just fine as soon as they are through with the needles. I was told to expect more lesions so I want to be prepared. Thanks again!
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Re: Removing stitches on face

I seriously had no idea how the Moh's was done until I got there and they explained it. They numb you very well and I was lucky as they got it first layer. I sat in the room with about 6 other folks and we just had coffee and muffins till we were called, maybe about 45 minutes tops. Only part I felt weird was them doing the stitches as they do them inside so there was a lot of pressure on my forehead, but that was the extent of the pain. I never even took an aspirin or Tylenol after I came home.

Like you the scar sort of follows right into my own frown lines, or age lines as I call them. The Dr. was SUPER nice and cracking jokes as were the nurses so I felt very much at ease. Like you I am a total chicken so that is why I kind of freaked a few weeks ago when I saw the one near my temple.

One thing I did that the Dr. thought was nuts, I asked to see the open wound before it was stitched...OMG, I looked like I had a bullet hole in my head. Dr. just laughed and said.."That's what ya get for being nosey"! All in all, naturally I hope for no more, but the procedure wasn't bad at all to me.

Here's hoping we both don't see anymore for a LONG time, if ever! JJ....
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