Stitches - 11 weeks post op

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hi was just wondering how long stitches take to dissolve after a@p. It's been 11 weeks now and as I have said in previous threads my anterior prolapse came back after 2.5 weeks. Due to this the stitches are poking out of the prolapse and making it very uncomfortable. Think there's only 1 or 2 left. I can feel them as they are on prolapse right at the entrance to my vagina. Don't know whether it would be an idea to go to my gp. Am going on holiday soon and am worried about stitches getting infected etc. not seeing hospital until October time x

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    Hi Caroline, my consultant told me that some of the stitches usually take around 3 months to finally dissolve. Fingers crossed theyou go soon.
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    Anything up to 16 weeks depending on the type of sutures your consultant uses. 
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      I'm at 8 1/2 weeks post op A and P repair.  Haven't seen any stitches yet.  Also this is 2nd surgery after failed 1st surgery last Nov.  just had post op check and anterior is down to level of hyman.  Surgeon said it has "settled" and will probably not drop any further.  Voiding is good.  I don't know what to think.  Just praying it doesn't come down any further. I would appreciate your opinion, please, Matron. Thank you, and am so glad you are back!

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      Hello dorothy. I didn't see my stitches either following my A&P repair, I think sometimes they just disappear down the toilet bowl. Mine had definitely dissolved by the 10th week when I had my post op. If your anterior (bladder) is at the level of your hymen then it's quite low but as long as it doesn't cause any problems then it will be ok but if I'm honest I would have thought it would be much higher than that and I think you feel the same dorothy. I agree, you don't want it to drop any further. Are you having another appointment with your consultant? Where I've worked this would be followed up in about 6 months. Thank you for your kind words and support dorothy, it does mean a lot xx

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      Thank you for your response, Matron.  The Surgeon said, no need to come back unless I have further problems. I am 78 yrs old in the US. and being this is my second repair, the first being Nov, 2015, I feel the doctor is reluctant to further treat me.  The failed first surgery was the fault of an inexperienced surgeon...a urologist , who admitted after the surgery that it only was the 4th AP repair she had ever done.  Before the first surgery, I was a stage 4 with hydronephrosis and hydroureter, that cas cause by the urine backing up into my kidneys.
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      Age shouldn't be a barrier to further treatment unless you specify you don't want it. However I know things can be slightly different in the US such as a urologist performing the surgery (it's mainly a Urogynaecologist in the UK) but all doctors should remain patient centered. My advice would be to ask for a re referral if the repair should get any worse because there are other options surgery not being one of them.

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      Thank you Matron.   I intend to follow your advice.  The second surgeon was a urogynocologist, but not the first.  I wish I had been in the forum, and  have known what I have learned since joining.  I belive my outcome could have been quite different.  Again, welcome back!   Dorothy
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