Stitches around stoma

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I am 3 weeks post op and im having problems with 2 of the
stitches around my stoma.It feels like the stoma is pulling on
these 2 stitches which are stitched through the stoma and
through my skin.Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem
and if so was done to solve it ?

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 10/12/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
i wish i could help, i didnt even notice the stitches on my stoma
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/12/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it hurting? The stiches should come out on their own. Mine gradually came off on my washcloth when I cleaned around the stoma. They were all gone after about 4-5 weeks. I was always really gentle and cautious when cleaning close to the stoma because I was afraid it would hurt if I pulled too hard on the stiches, but I never actually felt any pain.
If it hurts or feels uncomfortable you should call your stoma care nurse or surgeon.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008

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   Posted 10/12/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I remember some of that same "pulling" sensation.... I believe the dr's office just told me it was normal and that it was "healing". But that was a long, long time ago. I also recommend you call your stoma nurse or surgeon.

Please let us know what you find out or how you are doing...
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

New Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 10/13/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   

I'v phoned my stoma nurse and she is coming to see tomorrow.

Thanks for the replys.

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 10/13/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I recently has my ileo performed, and I also experienced what you are talking about. A few of my stitches took a long while to dissolve away (6+ weeks), and my surgeon said that I should not tug on them at all to try to coax them loose.

The "pulling" sensation I also had--this is caused by the fact that your stoma moves a good bit (peristalsis to move to food along), and these contacting movements cause the sensitive skin around your stoma (which still has stiches in it) to be very slightly pulled. Since you are so new post-op, you can really feel this noticeably. This pulling feeling will go away as you heal and your stitches dissolve/fall out.

:) -E

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/21/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 3 weeks post op and I have noticed sharp burning jolts (little ones) of pain around stoma.  During the last applicance change, I mentioned this to the nurse as everytime she touched a spot on stoma, it hurt the same.  We looked more closely, and there are 2 stitches sticking up and they hurt badly when touched.  She said they would eventually dissolve. Mystery solved I guess, although it had me quite concerned at first.
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