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With both of my tkr's the doc used staples to close the outer wound and apparently dissolving stitches in the layers below the surface. First, the staples caused a reaction to my skin ( they contain nickle and I'm allergic to it). Doc didn't think it would be too much of a problem since they would only be in for 2 weeks. That was 2 weeks too long. It was a mess, local infections along the frankenstein wound. Put antibiotic cream on it to help it heal. Then, undissolved stitches appeared at the open wounds and i fished them out with tweezers.
Doc said it was normal since dissolving st under the skin can take months to dissolve and my body is revolting against them. Anyone experience this with tkr's?
Thanks. Elaine in Michigan
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