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Undissolved stitches following TKR

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Jan 24, 2020 | Replies (3)

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@saeternes

That's interesting. My PT noticed a dark spot on my scar (this was at about 4 weeks) and said he thought it was an undissolved stitch. I peered at it with a magnifying glass and decided he was right, so I pulled it out with a tweezers. Turned out it was about 1/4" long and the bottom was dissolved; the top part that was sticking out had not dissolved. But I didn't have any pain, and am surprised to hear that a stitch can be internal and undissolved.

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I had that happen also. The sutures are designed to dissolve in moist conditions, the lit,le pieces left outside the skin tend to dry out and become very prickly. I kept moistening mine well in shower, and it gradually fell out