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Stitches on the inside VS Outside?

Stitches on the inside VS Outside?

Postby Steph8785 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:52 pm

My PS told me at my pre-op appointment that the stitches for my ETT would be on the inside so therefore I wouldnt have sutures on the outside... is this a common practice? Has anyone else had this done?
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Postby robi » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:29 pm

so does that mean he'll use glue to close your incision? I had all my stitches on the inside and my incision was closed with glue. I did have 3 stitches in my BB which they took out a week after surgery!
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Postby Steph8785 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:57 pm

robi wrote:so does that mean he'll use glue to close your incision? I had all my stitches on the inside and my incision was closed with glue. I did have 3 stitches in my BB which they took out a week after surgery!



??? I really dont know... its funny how my pre-op appointment was last monday, but all of a sudden I have all these questions and I keep re-thinking about all the things my surgeon said.... He said the stitches would be on the inside so I wouldnt have sutures and my belly button will have a very very thin stitch.... ??????????
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Postby Colomingle » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:00 pm

Most PS will use inside stitches to create a better esthetic effect. They prevent any of those little "hole marks" from forming on either side of your scar. They usually produce a better scar.

He will most likely use what is called a "running stitch" internally that creates a nice smooth line.

I say "yay!" to him! Sounds like a good plan!
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Postby Legrand » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:41 am

From my experience and what I have read everyone has internal sutures, Edit: Some are just "lucky" enough to have them on the outside as well :D
The difference is what is on the outside... sutures, tape or "glue" ...
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Postby jmAbetterMe » Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:09 am

Hi,
i had all internal stitches with just tape on the outside for the first week, at my first po appt. he took off the tape and I was amazed to see no stitches. (He hadn't told me before hand so I expected to see regular ones). My Dh and I were like "how did you do that" and he just grinned and was pleased with himself. Good Luck
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Postby swrong » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:58 am

I had the stitches on the inside, nothing but a strip of tape on the outside, all was fine!
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Postby macherie » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:24 am

I have stitches that dissolve by themselves. He does not take any stutches out. He does that for all his surgeries no matter where it is located on the body. I like it. The incision looks real good.
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Postby janjean » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:04 pm

Yup,..... Three layers of stitches internally myself....

The the tape on the outside....


My guy has you keep tape on the incision line for three months to help reduce the scar. Ny looking at my friend's scar I would say he knows what he is talking about.

Her scar is very light with never using any creams at all....

Wish I had known about this for uncer my breast crease.

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Postby iwonderifishould » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:08 pm

How lucky for you all!

I had them inside and out - the external ones were removed on day #5.

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