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    Healing of incision?

    My daughter will have her incision stitched on the inside and just held together by the tape on the outside. We were told that by about 5 days the tape will be removed and then she will have dressings put on and then by the time she leaves the hospital she will not have anything on it. How does it heal that much in 7 days to not have it covered? It really worries me!

    What is your experience? Anyone have a similar one?
    Marlowe mom to Halle (age 11)
    Diagnosed January 11/08
    In Spinecor Brace for 2 1/2 years

    In the Cheneau Brace for 10 months
    Being treated at Sick Kids Hospital - Dr. Reinhard Zeller

    Surgery Scheduled at Sick Kids for May 16, 2011


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    Hi...

    I don't know why, but the wounds do heal very quickly. I had both anterior and posterior surgeries 3 months ago, at the age of 61. My incisions were treated like your daughter's incisions will be (internal stitches with Steri-Strips on the outside), and I was shocked at how quickly they healed. The Steri-Strips were all removed before I left the hospital on day 5 postop. I was actually able to get the incisions wet about 8 days postop. If I can heal that quickly at 61, I'm sure your daughter will heal at least that quickly.

    Regards,
    Linda
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    Wow, good to know! I am glad that someone has had this before and it healed fast enough! I was so worried!
    Marlowe mom to Halle (age 11)
    Diagnosed January 11/08
    In Spinecor Brace for 2 1/2 years

    In the Cheneau Brace for 10 months
    Being treated at Sick Kids Hospital - Dr. Reinhard Zeller

    Surgery Scheduled at Sick Kids for May 16, 2011


    http://hallesscoliosis.blogspot.com/

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    I didn't have external stitches, I had glue. They removed all coverings 4 days after surgery and I was allowed to take showers. My family were amazed that my scar appeared virtually healed.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    wow, that's so amazing! thanks for the response!
    Marlowe mom to Halle (age 11)
    Diagnosed January 11/08
    In Spinecor Brace for 2 1/2 years

    In the Cheneau Brace for 10 months
    Being treated at Sick Kids Hospital - Dr. Reinhard Zeller

    Surgery Scheduled at Sick Kids for May 16, 2011


    http://hallesscoliosis.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Hi...

    My incisions were treated like your daughter's incisions will be (internal stitches with Steri-Strips on the outside), and I was shocked at how quickly they healed. The Steri-Strips were all removed before I left the hospital on day 5 postop. I was actually able to get the incisions wet about 8 days postop. Regards,
    Linda
    This is a perfect example of how things have changed, even in the past six years. When my daughter had her surgery six years ago, she too had internal stitches with steri-strips. We were told to let the steri-strips come off on their own which took six weeks! She wasn't allowed to shower for 10 days and that was only if her incision wasn't draining. She left the hospital six days after surgery with a small bandage which wasn't removed until about 8 days post-op.

    Simply amazing the progress we see every day!

    Mary Lou
    Mom to Jamie age 21-diagnosed at age 12-spinal fusion 12/7/2004-fused from T3-L2; and Tracy age 19, mild Scoliosis-diagnosed at age 18.

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    I agree Mary Lou.

    Just between March 2008 and October 2009, apparently they made huge strides in bandage adhesive that doesn't take the skin with it. This carried a "Run AWAY!" warning in 2008 but turned out to be no big deal in 2009. I smell a Nobel... :-)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Hmm, my son has tiny staples (60+) on his incision, had them for his first surgery too. He's getting them out tomorrow morning. Anyone know why Dr. K opted for staples? Just curious. His incision is healing very nicely and he never did have any oozing or puffy pockets etc.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    I'm glad that Halle wont have staples, but still nervous about how fast they take the tape off!
    Marlowe mom to Halle (age 11)
    Diagnosed January 11/08
    In Spinecor Brace for 2 1/2 years

    In the Cheneau Brace for 10 months
    Being treated at Sick Kids Hospital - Dr. Reinhard Zeller

    Surgery Scheduled at Sick Kids for May 16, 2011


    http://hallesscoliosis.blogspot.com/

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    I'm not sure why my son has staples as it's never been brought up before. I would have preferred that he'd had strips to keep his incision closed but for some reason Dr. K used staples. They are really tiny but they do leave poke holes. No big deal as they will fade but still curious as to why he chose them.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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