Ugh!! My internal stitches are "spitting out" Anyone experience this??

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Posted 9/15/2008 by StephieM in NSBR Board


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Posted: 9/15/2008 8:26:27 AM
I had a breast tumor removed about 3 weeks ago, and yesterday the incision line got really red and tender. A tiny place opened up on my nicely healed, 4 inch, scar and apparently the stitches are spitting out. (I've spoken to a doctor yesterday and the nurse today about it...I started an antibiotic and warm compresses.)

Has anyone else had this happen?? They've "spit out" in two places, but it looks like I have about 6 more to go. This is more irritating than anything, kinda grosses me out, and I'm not looking forward to having more places open up along my scar.


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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:10:00 AM
I had it happen and it was painful and gross. I had a follow-up apt a couple days later and the dr. pulled out a whole bunch of the mesh that was used in my abdomen area. Yuck-o. My scar was really wide but I had another surgery for incisional hernia repair and he fixed the wide scar.

Good LUck.

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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:12:24 AM
The problem with this is that internal stitches are supposed to disolve, not come out. Are you sure that you told the doc that an area of your incision opened?

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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:13:22 AM
It happened with my gastric bypass scar. It was gross and took a while to heal completely but it wasn't a big deal. I only took antibiotics as a precaution.

I know how irritating it is and I'm sorry you're having to go through that crap!!

Feel better soon!!

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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:16:36 AM CANNOT imagine how painful that must be


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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:47:00 AM

The problem with this is that internal stitches are supposed to disolve, not come out. Are you sure that you told the doc that an area of your incision opened?

Yes, I'm sure I told the doctor that the incision was open, draining and that the internal stitches came out. And, yes, they're not intended to come out, but the nurse said that some bodies just reject them. Apparently this isn't that abnormal. CANNOT imagine how painful that must be

Well, it's way more gross than painful. It's no more painful than a pimple coming to a head. I'm just skeeved out that I can tell where all of the stitches were inside me and I can tell which ones are on their way out.

I've been doing the warm compresses and it seems to be calming things down a bit. I think it's going to widen my scar like mollyw said, unfortunately, but what can ya do?

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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:48:04 AM
you poor thing

i do have to say - that thread title made me go 'blech'



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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:51:29 AM
Ooooh, sorry for the blech. I don't even know how to word that differently....

Sorry for the


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Posted: 9/15/2008 11:54:01 AM
I had this happen with my episiotomy. Not fun. Instead of a 6 week post-partum appointment, I was in at least once a week since I gave birth. Each stitch would have to be manualy removed as they worked they're way out.

Yes, they are intended to dissolve but some bodies reject them. My doctor told me to tell any doctor that had to give me stitches to let them know I can not have these.

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Posted: 9/15/2008 2:14:58 PM
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Posted: 9/15/2008 3:21:48 PM
I've heard of this, but thankfully never had it happen. We met up with a young girl at the Transplant Center that had her chest "pop" open and the wire poke through - 5 years post transplant ! EWWWWWWWW !

Hope you feel better soon !

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Posted: 9/15/2008 3:30:14 PM
could it be that your body is rejecting the materials that the stitches are made of. I know this is no way a comparison but I can't have that hospital tape (the kind they use for epidurals) on my back but it is alright any other place on my I said, I know that is NO COMPARISON, just wondering if your body was rejecting them...?

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Posted: 9/20/2008 12:53:09 AM
I have a large open heart typed scar from a tumor removal.

I still 5 years later have them come out. Especially were the skin is thinner, like where my bra rubs.

I have a lot of other incisions from chest tubes, an implanted port etc and I haven't had it happen.Just my sterno scar.


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Posted: 9/21/2008 1:38:53 AM
I had this happen after my breast reduction, when I had MANY stitches. They just started spitting out, as you say. My doc said I appeared to be allergic to the self-dissolving stitches, and my body was rejecting them. I even had pus coming out a couple of places, and was put on an antibiotic. The doctor tried to pull as many of them out as he could, and I would do the same as more appeared. My wounds healed up nicely and I don't have bad scarring at all, three years later. It was sort of scary and creepy when it first happened, but once most of them came out, everything healed up okay.



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Posted: 9/21/2008 4:23:37 AM
yeah, it usually happens when for some reason your body doesn't dissolve them, but rejects them as the foreign object they are, mine were in my episiotomy after my kids, happened after all 4 kids. hopefully you won't get any infection, and the doctor sounds like he has thought to cover you with antibiotics. Hope you feel better soon.


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Posted: 9/21/2008 8:04:57 AM
Yep. I had the same thing happen after my breast reduction. Pretty much once a week for 5 months I would go in, be cut open again and have some pulled out with tweezers. It hurt and I have pretty bad scarring 5 years later. My Dr basically said I am allergic to catgut stitches and to never get plastic surgery that requires internal stitches.

I still love my little boobies though!
Sorry your going through this. Hope you're better soon.

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