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WonderTurd
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   Posted 8/4/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if it's a normal occurrence for the bum wound stitches to come up through the skin? My extra mural nurse was here yesterday changing the bum dressing and she thought it was a string from the gauze stuck in there but it was my stitches showing through...
Stacey
Ulcerative Colitis since 2002
Interstitial Cystitis since 2010
Asthma since 2011

blueglass
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   Posted 8/4/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but when I got the last of mine out, some of them hurt a lot, they were growing into the skin in funny ways. (I had about half of them out a week after surgery, due to an abscess, but the rest stayed in longer). Now I can't remember how long it was until I had them out, but how much longer do you have to go until you're supposed to get them out? Or are they supposed to dissolve?
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

WonderTurd
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   Posted 8/4/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
They are on the inside actually and are supposed to dissolve. But I ended up with an area that kind of opened up a bit back there and that's where the stitches are showing through. I see my surgeon for my four week check in next Thursday. It was going to be the 22nd but she decided to see me earlier because of my rear end. Such a lovely business this is! My staples in my stomach were kind of like your stitches. They had gotten all red and irritated looking by the end of it. Part of that incision opened up as well. But it's a very superficial wound I guess. Could be a lot worse so I really shouldn't complain! Although I must say I feel like almost everyone in the world has had a look at my bum!
Stacey
Ulcerative Colitis since 2002
Interstitial Cystitis since 2010
Asthma since 2011

blueglass
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   Posted 8/4/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean. I feel like my greeting too often is along the lines of, "Hi, here's my butt." I've been having trouble w/my butt wound not healing, so now I have a visiting nurse 3 x a week to change the dressing..... so I've had two new people this week working on my butt while I'm on my hands and knees on my bed .... um, what was your name again????? And both times it took an hour or so....

I hope your surgeon just takes them out and you can be done with it....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

WonderTurd
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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Isn't it great fun? I've only been doing it for three weeks I can't imagine how you must feel. I'll be glad to go see the surgeon and ask her what she thinks is the best course of action for it. I guess I can be glad my stoma works well and so far no problems there except some leakage issues with my appliances.
Stacey
Ulcerative Colitis since 2002
Interstitial Cystitis since 2010
Asthma since 2011

blueglass
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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This is kind of new to me too, as I've only had the wound vac for a week.... my wound was stable for a long time and I was taking care of it myself. It's very unsettling to go back to the nurses etc, but I am getting so many benefits from the surgery that this is really no big deal in the big picture .... my stoma is all settled down, and knock on wood, doing fine, and I feel better than I have in years. Part of why it's hard emotionally now is that I feel well and yet I have a visiting nurse etc....

So, yes, great fun, but I can think of things that are even more fun....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

WonderTurd
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   Posted 8/4/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
That's what I keep thinking to myself is the things I can do after all this is said and done. I find that each nurse does it differently too and so far I've had one or two that were a bit rough with me. I guess my regular nurse was out on vacation or something but she's the one I really didnt' like... maybe I'll get lucky and she'll be too busy and assign someone else to me anyway! I can hope. Mine isn't that deep I don't think but it's such an awkward area to deal with, makes simple things difficult. Like showering, or getting dressed not to mention sitting!
Stacey
Ulcerative Colitis since 2002
Interstitial Cystitis since 2010
Asthma since 2011

villager
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   Posted 8/5/2011 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi WonderT, its funny that after time i have forgotten the details of the few weeks after surgery, your post reminded me of my butt experience !!! After a couple of weeks my bum stitches were sticking out a little bit & becoming more obviously present than before & uncomfortable to sit on. Thinking about it now this may be caused by the swelling reducing & the tissue firming up & effectively pushing the stitch material towards the outside world, My stitches were not the disolving type, were more like fishing line & were removed by the dressings nurse after about 5 weeks ( i think). There was no great discomfort in getting them out. Happily all has healed up fine now. I hope things continue to improve for you. Cheers.
UC since 1990, not a lot of fun
Qualified as ileostomate May 2010, a much happier boy now
panproctocolectomy, abdomino perineal resection, perm ileostomy
my colon may not be, but my heart is in the right place !!
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