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