Stitch reactions along TKP incision

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Wonder if I'm the only one who had several sore spots along my incision line. I'm 6 weeks out and was bugged that these spots wouldn't heal. Since I'm several hours from my doctor's office, I sort of overstepped my bounds and took matters into my own hands. Pulled gently on the end of a black spot in the sore area and pulled out about 2/3 inch stitch that was left over. The other spot was worst and broke open during ROM exercise. Again, I spotted the end of a stitch and slowly pulled it out. Relief! Areas are healing nicely. This has to be a somewhat common occurrence. Evidently, all inside stitches don't dissolve on their own. Anyone else

have this problem?

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    Yes this happened to me at the bottom of scar area, Stich knot about an inch long, turned into abscess but ok now. Once out healed nicely. I'm 5 weeks post opp

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      Hi,

      Bend now 115, and leg Straight.

      Walking around house without crutches, can go up stairs using both legs, can straight leg lift, quads are getting stronger.

      I set an alarm on my phone every time I sit in my chair for an hour, so I can get up and walk around.

      Still a lot of pain and swelling, use ice for 20 minutes every 3/4 hours, also a Tens machine.

      My other leg has had 15 surgeries over the last 30 years, due to a RTA. So doesn't work as well. But this has been far more painful, unless my mind is playing tricks with me🙄

      How are you getting on?

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      Hi,

      Going along pretty well. At 120 bend and 4 or 5 straight (hardest for me than bending). Ice 2 or 3 times per day and do the exercises 2 or 3 times at day. At the end of PT so will be on my own. Still have soreness, Aleve twice a day, off the heavy stuff. Seems like recovery is going faster now but still sore.

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    Not uncommon. I always preferred to let a med professional do it just because of the possibility of infection. Just be sure and clean with alcohol and cover with sterile gauze till healed. One of my last 2 or 3 surgeries I had one of the closure stitches that was stuck (healed over) in the wound and the surgeon had to go in a little more aggresivly and snip it out. I've always used Vitamin E oil, massaged in deep twice a day to help heal both internally and externally. Just wait till there is no drainage.

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      After I pulled the stitches out, I soaked with hydrogen peroxide and covered with neosporin and gauze. All healed now. I've been using 30,000 I.U. Cream on the scar and mild massage. I tend to scar but it looks like it is diminishing week by week.

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