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Thread: Stitches

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010


    I had my first surgery, a spinal fusion from T3 to L3 with instrumentation, on June 17. The doctor used all dissolvable stitches. He had to go back in on June 29 to clean out the wound and remove the bone graft. This time, he closed with staples.

    My staples have been removed, but for the last week, I have had a portion of a white stitch appear on the upper part of my back. I am starting to notice that at other places along my scar, more white stitches are starting to appear. Is my body rejecting the stitch and pushing it to the surface? Has anyone else had an experience where the internal dissolvable stitches DON'T dissolve and push their way to the skin? I feel like that is what is happening to me. Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    Hi Jenny...

    That has happened to me several times in the past. I think it's probably best to talk to your doctor's office about it. You need to be careful about pulling on them, because if it's a running stitch, you could end up disturbing more than just what's showing.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Spring Hill, Florida
    I went to the DR last week and he clipped the visible stitches. Don't pull on them, I did and made my self bleed.
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

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