When can you take the suture tape off?

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   Posted 12/16/2011 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When can you take the suture tape off?

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   Posted 12/17/2011 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Let it come off naturally. Never pull it off.
I was glued and it slowly peeled off.
As it loosens take a clean pair of scissors and nip off the flapping edge if it bothers you.

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   Posted 12/17/2011 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
I was told to leave them on until it falls off--you can trim the ends as they come up.  Mine stayed on a long time...when I went to my PCP sometime after the surgery he pulled them off. 
If they stay on a really long time (much longer than now), you can ask your surgeon's office if it's safe to remove them.
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