They are definitely VICRYL sutures. That might make sense. It was healing fairly well for the first month and then started opening up in spots and bleeding a little. When the doc pulled out those stitches it felt better immediately and started to heal, but now another even bigger spot opened this week that had more bleeding but it's not as sore as the first time. No infection - I've had that before and man oh man I don't want that.
I promise I'll go back to the doc next week if no improvement. No way would I wait until December. I do have the option of seeing the surgeon's new partner but I have to take a day off and drive to San Jose (I'm in the California central valley). But I will if I need to - sigh...
It's probably a combination of sutures and steroids. Fortunately, I'm not in a big flare right now. There's always hope somewhere, right?