when do you get your staples out?

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gbrux
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   Posted 7/17/2006 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - have just had the second of 3 ops towards reversal.  Have loads of staples along a vertical cut from an inch above my navel into my pubic hair.  Also horizontally to close the second stoma.  I had the op on 7 July and they have made an appointment to take out the staples on 25 July.  Seems a long time to me, I want to limit the scarring as much as possible although will clearly never again be in a bikini!  Any thoughts - is it too late?
gillian
 


wmnak
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   Posted 7/17/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Never heard of staples staying in more than 10/14 days.
 
APR surgery 2/20/06, discharged from hospital 2/24, appointment with surgeon and Staples Out on 3/2 ... 10 days.
 
Almost 5 months post op now and still have visable pink spots either side of my incision where staples were.  You might try the ointments for scars, but they didn't seem to make much difference on mine.
 
:-)   Martha

Hoping2BWell
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   Posted 7/17/2006 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Gillian and Martha,

I have had numerous surgeries too. My staples usually came out in ten days or so. But I guess each patients healing process and progress is individual. Have you asked your surgeon why such a long wait to remove those staples?

I buy beautiful and sexy one piece swimsuits now, so I don't mind the scars. What I am happy about is that I have no more pains with each BM and that I am feeling better than I was. So I am glad for each scar as it reminds me of how bad I felt before!

God bless and stay well,

Maddi


I am in my 50s. Crohn's Disease (since childhood), pancreatitis, diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, Rosecea. I have had 4 surgeries including pancreas/sphincterplasty, duodenum, resection, proctectomy with sigmoid colonectomy. I have a permanent colostomy.___________________                 ____________________
There's nowhere I can hide that God can't find me, nowhere I can go that God can't help me.


Angel Baby
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   Posted 7/17/2006 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
cool  Hello! Gillian
 
At first I was supposed to have a laposcopic colectomy along the bikini line, which was also only suppose to be a 3 1/2 hr surgery.  Ending up a 9 1/2 hr surgery along w/an ileostomy (ostomy bag) I did not learn about until 2 days later.  Because I had emergency surgery for internal bleeding Day 2 with four blood tranfusions resulting in open surgery where I was gutted from the middle of my breast down past the left side of my navel leaving me with 27 staples removed 10 days later.  For my reversal ileostomy done 4 days before Xmas, the 10 staples from reversal surgery were also removed 10 days later.  Like Maddi stated, every one has a different healing process.  It has been 7 mos since my reversal & I still cannot eat everything.  Everything I eat goes right through me even with the Lomotil I am taking 6x's a day.  I read a lot of the ostomy forum replies & it appears the majority of them recover within 6 to 12 weeks and are back to work.  As far as your scars are concerned, think of them as your own personal healing tattoos  removed all the pain you were experiencing prior to the surgeries giving you a whole new outlook on life to look forward to without the pain from before.  Do not be embarrassed by the scars, remember the scars are your healing scars. Wear what you want to wear & wear what makes you feel comfortable and always be yourself.  When I look at my scar from the middle of my breast down passed my navel, it resembles a snake with a snake head and rattle tail.  And I hate snakes too!  The scar from my reversal ileostomy is really ugly with a color of bright red and a shade of purple.  From the beginning I used cocoa butter all the time on my scars. Good Luck and be positive!  In a little time, you will forget the scars are even there.  Angel

Hoping2BWell
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   Posted 7/17/2006 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't know if it will help, but vitamin oil rubbed on a scar is supposed to help!

God bless and stay well,

Maddi


I am in my 50s. Crohn's Disease (since childhood), pancreatitis, diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, Rosecea. I have had 4 surgeries including pancreas/sphincterplasty, duodenum, resection, proctectomy with sigmoid colonectomy. I have a permanent colostomy.___________________                 ____________________
There's nowhere I can hide that God can't find me, nowhere I can go that God can't help me.

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