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Surgical thread sticking out of back incision.

My surgeon attempted to install a Neurostimulator a little over a week ago. The install was a failure because he wasn't able to place the leads to get me 50% or more coverage of the pain. He removed the leads, sewed me back up and sent me on my way. I have a followup appointment with the surgeon in about a week.

Yesterday one of the incision sites was bothering me. This is when I discovered what appears to be about a half inch of surgical thread sticking out of the right side incision. I tried pulling, gently, on the thread but it doesn't give.

I always thought surgical thread "melted" away after a couple days or so? Why would the surgeon leave this thread just hanging out of the incision site?


  • My husband also after surgery had a thread sticking out. Dr. Said it happens sometimes that they work their way out and to clip in as close to skin as we could and the rest would dissolve. He did say if it looked infected that we could also come in and he would check it out. I clipped it and it was fine.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • Extreme painEExtreme pain Posts: 11
    edited 11/23/2013 - 4:26 AM
    Thanks Summi1408! I will have the wife snip it for me. It doesn't look infected.
  • I'm not sure how long your incision is... but basically *most* of the time surgeons use "pre-threaded" needles to sew, once they are running out of thread the "tie off" and start with a new needle/thread... this knot can sometimes cause a few issues, because its more in one area to "dissolve". I have been fortunate to never have had an incision become infected, but I have had "spots" that were very slow to heal, and this is what I was told, it was probably where the "knots" were. As long as you are showing no signs of infection then I'd not worry to much about it. Call the surgical nurse on Monday and ask his/her opinion.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I had one and the visiting nurse took it out.

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