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Old 10-11-2007, 10:06 PM   #1
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I have a question. I got surgery on my collar bone to fix it. There were 8 screws and a metal plate put in. Where they opened me up, the cut was about a centimeter longer than a popscicle stick. The surgery was 3 weeks ago. I have taken a look at where they cut me. I have 0 stitches on the outside. I only have like an entrance and exit for the stitch. (One at each side.) But what I'm wondering is that the cut-scar thing is darker purple. I've never had a surgery like this before and the doctor never told me anything. Is the dark purple color normal? What would the chances of this cut tearing/re-opening 3 weeks after the surgery? (The other night I layed down in bed and it sorta felt like it was trying to open.) Also, occasionally I feel something run down from my shoulder as if I were bleeding and it was running down towards my chest. Every time I have checked, there was absolutely nothing. What is that feeling from?

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Old 10-12-2007, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: Question

i had the very same 'purple" line when i had my c spine surgery done from the front?my incision was much smaller but i knew i had inner stiches and also that they used dermabond on it.i think that purple color is the color of the is a skin adhesive.the inner stiches will eventually dissolve on there own.i did have one stich pop thru my incision after a couple weeks as the body will try and expel things it knows are not supposed to be there?i just kept giving it a little tug every day since once the inner stiches actually dissolve,the sticth outside will be able to be pulled right if this does actually occur,don't worry about it,just wait about a week and give it a little tug.mine eventually just slid right out once the dissolving was over inside.but that purple,is all part of the surgery,nothing to worry about.

sorry forgot about your second question.this is most likely just nerve related.the nerves in that area get somewhat disturbed from the surgery.that whole area was traumatized from all the work done in will probably get what are called parasthesiasor perceptionary type sensations from time to time as things settle down a bit.just keep track of this so you can tell your surgeon about it.but this would just probably be a bit of nerve weirdness.believe me,when the nerves get irritated or affected,your body shows things in some very freaky ways.hopefully this should go away eventually,but like i mentioned,just keep track of this stuff for your surgeon. **
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Last edited by feelbad; 10-12-2007 at 08:09 AM. Reason: forgot second question

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