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Stiches or staples

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All, This is one of those curiosity questions.
I have often read here about members having their stiches out or staples out or incision opening after stiches were removed.
Now I had the disolvable stiches which is pretty mush the norm for any surgery done in Australia. Using stiches or staples went out many years ago.
So I am curious what everyone had and where you are from. I know the UK and OZ are more similar.

Blessings Sara O:)


  • I am in Michigan in the USA and had staples, 20 to be exact. They were removed 1.5 weeks after surgery. The incision never opened up and the scar has healed nicely.
  • I am in the US and had stiches and they were removed after 9 days this past Friday(surgeon thought it was close enough to his 10 day timeline). Unfortunately my incision opened up on Saturday and started bleeding, so I had a trip back to the ER to have two stiches put back in (so not the whole length). I will have to go back in and have these stiches removed on Dec 29.

    When I had my first laminectomy 5 years ago I had staples, and I can now say that I much prefer stiches. They are a lot more comfortable.
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  • I'm in Virginia, USA, and had the disolvable stitches. No problems.
  • I am in North Carolina in the US. Eight years ago I had a discectomy and staples were used. To close me up after my recent TLIF, they used disolvable stiches at two levels internally and a glue called dermabond externally. The glue started to come off on it's own after a while; Although I am almost 4 weeks post op and there is still a bit left. It feels like a mixture between wax and rubber cement.

    One Love,

  • California, USA: I had dissolvable internal stitches and steri-strips on the outside that my sis removed for me on day 10. My incision looks great, and no little dots along side like staples leave. I keep putting vitamin E and coco-butter on it every day. >:D< Cali-Sue
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  • In Singapore and had stitches. When I had my surgery to remove my hardware 7 months later, the surgeon cut through the old scar in exactly the same way, and used ordinary stitches again. Both times stitches came out at 10 days. Scar has healed beautifully and after 2 years it is virtually unnoticeable.

    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • I'm in Texas and had the dissolvable stiches, glue, and little steri-strips. No problems. It's so pretty. Well, maybe not "pretty"...

    Haylie >:D<
  • It is interesting to hear your replies. I got the impression (wrongly I guess) that most of you had staples or catgut stiches.

    I dont like staples either, had them when I had my gall bladder out and the nurse left one in my belly button which sealed over and I had to get cut out a month later. :O I kept feeling something sticking into me!

    Blessings Sara O:)

  • hi im from the uk and 8 day's post op.i have been told that my stictches are like a platic..on the other hand they gave me scissors to take out the staples...which is next week so will let you know lol( THE NURSE WILL REMOVE THEM )
    im sure it is stictches...i try not to think as im very squeamish :&
    middlesex girl
  • I had staples. They removed them after 10 days. I had one problem. One of the dissolveable stitches that was under the staples decided not to dissolve but instead work its way out. It hurt bad. the surgeon called it a pimple because what it does is make a pimple looking white head on the incision and then points out like a sliver. He pulled it out quickly and showed it to me. OOOH it hurt!!!! but then healed nicely.
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