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Old 04-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Question Internal Stitches Coming to Surface??

Can anyone ever tell me if they have had the internal stitches not dissolve, but work their way out through the incision after a TKR? My Dr. says that it is rare, but it does happen. Well, it is happening to me & it is very painful!! I am 5 weeks post-op, so you would think that the stitches that they put in deep below the surface of the incision would've healed by now! I was told today that when I start seeing threads come through my incision that I need to come in & have them removed, which is a painful experience. I called my Dr. after having severe pain, dry, red patches & blister-looking bumps come up on my incision. I actually thought that I had shingles, it hurts so bad!

Old 05-08-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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Re: Internal Stitches Coming to Surface??

Hi. I have had three dissolvable stiches that have come to the surface. I had a nurse remove the end of the thread with a scalpal. I found this to be ok pain wise but a bit uncomfortable. Hope you are ok

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Old 05-14-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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Re: Internal Stitches Coming to Surface??

I haven't had any stitches come to surface as of yet. I am now 8 wks out & my incision is now peeling, split & burns to the touch. It is no longer red, as it has turned purple & reminds me of looking at a dead worm. It is really gross!!

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