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Has anyone here experienced this - spitting stitches/sutures on your post bunion incision? If so, what did your surgeon do to resolve it? Did he/she have to cut into incision and remove them? Or did he/she just pull them out? Were you given anesthesia for the removal procedure? Did this lengthen your recovery time? So many questions, I know. Any insight or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
I've had a minor setback when I realized early last week that what I was looking at appeared to be a piece of suture sticking out of the middle of my incision! Two days prior I dismissed it as a scab that has yet to fall off. Keeping close observation eventually revealed what I never imagined.
From my limited research found that spitting stitches/sutures are apparently not uncommon for many other surgical procedures (breast augmentation, tummy tucks, etc.). However, I've not seen any or known any that involve a Bunionectomy. Spitting stitches/sutures - It's when ones body treats the buried sutures as foreign objects and rejects them before they can dissolve. It's probable w internal stitches close to the skin. I haven't had all my questions answered by my Dr regarding this until this Wednesday, 2 days from now. I assumed all stitches were removed @ my 2wk follow up appt. Those were external though. Didn't realize there were separate stitches internally that were left in. Unless the attending nurse didn't remove all of them. Then again it makes sense there would be internal stitches for my ligaments and tendons from my Austin procedure. Anywho, I snagged on it early last Monday 😬 w sterile tweezers then stopped when I felt a sting. That's when I freaked out trying to get a hold of my Dr. He left a msg that it's normal and nothing to worry about since I'm not experiencing signs of infection, and if I wanted to can go to the Nurse Intervention Clinic to have object removed and meanwhile can use neosporin over it to prevent infection. I opted to wait until I see him this week to do this along w addressing my *many* questions regarding it. Also didn't want some intern making things worse w their possible lack of knowledge as to whether there are knots underneath and such. Figured my Dr would know better what's underneath and where to remove. Since then, I now have 2 spitting stitches right on the incision and possibly another making its way out. Just when I thought I was over the hump of pain, boredom and a sometimes lonely journey, with swelling diminishing, and the ability to finally get into regular wide toe box shoes, and get back to life, photography, church serving activities, and anxiously and eagerly waiting for the green light from Dr to drive again and be out of air cast boot, and begin scar treatment, this happens! This is really discouraging but I'm prayerfully staying hopeful for a good report at this week's [6wk post op] appt and solution to these spitting stitches/sutures.
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