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Susan R
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   Posted 2/20/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. A few days ago, in one of Michaels incisions he had this hard string like dark blue thing catching on his shirt. He took a look and clipped it off, so it wouldnt catch. We just thought it was a stitch that hadnt absorbed, didnt think much more about it, figuring the body would expel it in time. Today, he noticed it was sticking out again and cut off a piece about 1.5 mm long. There is still more in there, he says he tried to pull it but it is stuck in there. Thoughts? Should he leave it and see what happens or should he call and go see the DR. The Dr is 1.5 hours away. His next appt is March 3.

Thoughts, suggestions, opinions?

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   Posted 2/20/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same thing - it is the internal layer of stitches that are breaking up - it is normal, according to my surgeon (he said there were three layers of sutures). His advice was DO NOTHING - Don't pull on them !!. I put a bandaid over mine, and as they dissolved, they fell out.
You could call the office to ask as well. I got the same story when I first called. It may get interesting later as well - I had some random loose fragments under the skin that gave me quite an itching sensation at about three months out, but they eventually came to the surface and fell out.

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   Posted 2/20/2011 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
the same thing happened to me with my operation for my broken leg .... I thought it was going to unravel and open up the wound and it would all fall apart ....
no worries - it is just working its way out / dissolving / whatever ... don't pull on it (don't pull on his finger either !)

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   Posted 2/21/2011 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife recently had sphincterplasty and she had the same thing. It was especially irritating when she would walk.
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   Posted 2/21/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Uh...oh. I have one question:
Was he playing with a yo-yo?

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   Posted 2/22/2011 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
No Mel he wasn't playing with you.
Susan, I had the same thing on the naval incision for the robotic version. It eventually felt out/disolved but it took awhile.
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