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    Old 03-24-2003, 09:19 PM   #1
    philly collar
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    Question sutures when will they go away??

    Hey all I had my operation on 03/03/03(ACDF c6c7 no plates)I have no stiches on the outside of my neck but I have sutures just under the skin.4days after surgery I found a knot sticking out of the Insiscion and pulled it out!!! (only 1/16 of an inch)I now found a knot at the other end of the Insiscion.It seems to still be attached,I know I know quit playing with it!!! I was just wondering how long they take to dissolve if they are not under your skin?
    Hope eveyone is doing well before and after their surgeries.
    ACDF C6/C7 donner bone and no hardware.

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    Old 03-24-2003, 11:57 PM   #2
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    Sometimes those babies take awhile to dissolve. I've always been told that they would dissolve in 2-4 weeks, but have had the ends migrate to the outside months later. Don't pull on them though, but you know that. One time, my doctor just went ahead and pulled them out.

    Spina-bifida occulta; Congenital Scoliosis (dextrorotatory and 'S' curve, 42 thorasic and 57 degrees lumbar); Meningomyelocele (split cord @ L1); Diastematomyelia (re-sectioned at L2-3); tethered cord @ S-3; cysts on cord; various developmental abnormalities of the spine: narrowing of all disk spaces, defects in posterior arches, ectasia of the spinal canal and dura, segmental disease, sclerosis in L. iliac bone and adjacent sacroiliac joint, unilateral osteitis condensans ilium, hypertrophic facet disease L4-5 and L5-S1.

    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

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