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Nov 5, 2009 10:17AM
I had a piece of stitch sticking out at the end of my incision after the reexcision of my lumpectomy. Curious about dissolving stitches, I looked it up and found this online:
"To your body, stitches are a foreign substance, and the body is programmed to destroy foreign substances. Dissolvable stitches are made from natural materials, such as processed collagen (animal intestines), silk and hair, as well as some synthetic materials that the body can break down. This allows the body to dissolve the stitches over time. Usually, by the time the stitches are dissolved, the wound is completely healed.
Occasionally, a stitch won't dissolve completely. This usually occurs when part of the stitch is left on the outside of the body. There, the body's fluids cannot dissolve and decompose the stitch, so it remains intact. A doctor can easily remove the remaining piece of stitch once the wound is closed. " http://health.howstuffworks.com/question611.htm
I figured that once the stitching under the skin dissolved, the external piece would come off. I'm a picker though, so I would occasionally tug at it to see if it was ready to come out/off. Eventually, I was able to pull it out. I'm very impatient. I guess I'm a "mirror surgeon." lol
It did take a while to get to the point where it came out and I did have to pull on it a bit. But my surgeon acted as though he didn't like dealing with me - didn't want to answer my questions etc. so I didn't dare go back to him about that stitch. You have an appt next week, so I'm sure your surgeon or his nurse can take care of it for you then.
2/5/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-