Internal stitch coming through

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Hello it's my 1st time on here but I thought I would ask if anyone else has had internal stitch come through the skin after TKR? I am 6 weeks post op & I think doing ok. Apart from an internal stitch was has come through, my Physio tried to pull it out last time (2 weeks ago) & now the wound is healing around it. Is this normal? Wi the stitch come out eventually or am I being overly sensitive about it? Anyone any ideas?

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    Internal stitches are usually self-dissolving and just melt away over time once the scar has healed. Yes, it isn't unusual for a scar to heal around a stitch like that and then the outside bit will just drop off eventually. I had one like that when I broke my leg. Looked strange - and all of a sudden, it wasn't there any more!

    I'm surprised a physio tried to pull it out - it shouldn't go until it isn't needed any more.

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    I agree, if its an internal stitch it will desolve and be gone when its ready, if its sticking a fair way out then go and see the nurse at your surgery and let them clip it off, don't you try as you might catch the skin and cause a problem.

    Keep it clean though

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    Quite common for internal stitches to work their way out overtime

    Best to have medical professionals actually look at the situation and remove if ever say. Do everything you can to avoid infection and open wounds of any kind are an invitation for bacteria to invade and the last thing you want is an ugly staph. Take it from a guy that had to fight it twice.....the 2nd time they had to remove the prosthesis for 4 months......

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      Hello, sorry to hear about your infection I hope it's all good now & you have another new joint. How awful to have to go through it all again.

      I had it checked yesterday. All ok, I was told keep it clean but don't use bio oil on that bit of scar. It's right at the top of the scar so no worries about that. All in all everything's good.

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