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Old 22.01.2010, 13:47
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Fairly simple ones (not really knowing how to characterize stitches). But I believe four tied knots on the forehead.

I'm starting to lean toward self-removal---any more support of this method?
Chem, what dont you go back to the doctor who stitched you up and have them removed?!

Wait, did you stitch yourself up?
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Old 22.01.2010, 13:51
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Since the stitches are on your forehead, I'd have them professionally removed. I've had the experience that the stitches sometimes leave bigger scars than the injury itself. I've had a mole removed last year (turned out to be harmless, thankfully). The wound looked perfect until they removed the stitches - the area where the stitches got removed got infected and now I have an ugly scar. I had this done at my GP's - he thought it wasn't necessary to treat the wound any further once the stitches were removed :-(
Sounds like you may have had them out too early. Wait until the wound has healed and pulled away from them a bit. There should be some slack in the thread and you should be able to wiggle them back and forth by tugging the knot back and forth (like flossing, but with no sideways/upward pressure of course!) If the thread still feels "stuck" when you try to do that, then it's too early.
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Old 22.01.2010, 14:37
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Chem, what dont you go back to the doctor who stitched you up and have them removed?!

Wait, did you stitch yourself up?

I got it done in emerg, so the emerg doc said to go (find) a hausartz to remove them.

I considered stitching myself up (it's been done before), because of the 5 hour wait in an empty emerg, but considering it took 4 Dr. almost an hour to put me back together this time, I think it was best I waited.
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I considered stitching myself up (it's been done before), because of the 5 hour wait in an empty emerg, but considering it took 4 Dr. almost an hour to put me back together this time, I think it was best I waited.
Are you sure it was a puck that hit you and not a bin lid?
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Old 22.01.2010, 14:51
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I would see a cosmetic surgeon to have them removed, unless you don't mind having a scar on your forehead. I'd hardly call a GP a professional when it comes to removing stitches (or for anything else that's more complicated than, say, prescribing bed-rest for a flu...). And I would most certainly not remove them myself.
May I assume you'd see a brain surgeon for assessing your headache? Come on, any GP can make the stitches, and any nurse can remove them.

There are dozens, if not hundreds of different kinds of threads, partly very different, from monofilament (like a fishing line) through polyfilament to coated polyfilament and the like. The color doesn't matter at all. Certain monofilament threads can be pretty difficult to cut with an injection needle, and if there are many stitches to remove, the cutting edge of the needle can turn blunt very quickly. After all it's meant to pierce relatively soft skin once and not to cut fairly hard plastic many times. If in doubt, a pair of very pointed scissors (high quality nail scissors) may be better.

The most important part in case of DIY, however, is to make sure you really cut only one part of the loop unter the knot. If you accidentally cut both, the loop may retract, remain inside the skin and cause problems.

I'm not concerned about possible infection by touching the wound with the needle of scissors. The risk is minimal, much smaller than the one posed by remaining thread loops anyway.
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Old 22.01.2010, 14:59
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Re: Stitches removed

One thing is make sure the wiound is closed properly.

I removed my own in my arm.....ten seconds later POP yes you actually here it make that sound......now I got a huge scfar but it is on my arm so.....

just use very sharp scissors and good tweezers.... and the trick with only one side cut. if it goes inside....it sux.
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Old 22.01.2010, 15:02
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I've got a few stitches which could use removing in a few days.

Anyone know of the best (cheapest) realistic place to get this done? Hausartz? Clinic?

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Have you thought about going to a VET ?

Stiches are sooo 20-th century. Once I had a hole in my head (from landing after being hit by a car) which was glued close.
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Old 22.01.2010, 15:19
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I got it done in emerg, so the emerg doc said to go (find) a hausartz to remove them.

I considered stitching myself up (it's been done before), because of the 5 hour wait in an empty emerg, but considering it took 4 Dr. almost an hour to put me back together this time, I think it was best I waited.
I had some stitches done in emergency some time back.
When they needed to be taken out, I went to a doctor's surgery close to the office, and they removed them. No charge, no problem.

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Old 22.01.2010, 15:27
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Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggh taking them out yourself very brave, i just went to my Doctors and he took them out and you can hardly see the scars.
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Old 22.01.2010, 15:32
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Re: Stitches removed

Absolutely do it yourself. You might need some help snipping them, since you will see the reverse in the mirror. You might want to buy some hydrogen peroxide to clean before and after.

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Fairly simple ones (not really knowing how to characterize stitches). But I believe four tied knots on the forehead.

I'm starting to lean toward self-removal---any more support of this method?
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Old 22.01.2010, 16:02
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Sorry, I hardly got any sleep last night :-) What I meant: I would see a cosmetic surgeon to have them removed, unless you don't mind having a scar on your forehead. I'd hardly call a GP a professional when it comes to removing stitches (or for anything else that's more complicated than, say, prescribing bed-rest for a flu...). And I would most certainly not remove them myself.

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Actually, the scar will be there however you remove the stiches. To make it get paler you have to avoid getting sun on it for about a year (or put sunblock), and massage it daily with creme such as Bepanthen.

My son got three stiches on his forhead about a year ago, and now we only see a kind of 'white area' on his forhead, and nothing more.
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Old 22.01.2010, 16:12
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Actually, the scar will be there however you remove the stiches. To make it get paler you have to avoid getting sun on it for about a year (or put sunblock), and massage it daily with creme such as Bepanthen.

My son got three stiches on his forhead about a year ago, and now we only see a kind of 'white area' on his forhead, and nothing more.
I agree with you completely.

I've had stitches on my face a couple of times, including a set putting my lip and area under my nose back together. I still have the scar on my lip, but no one really notices, and it's only been a year. I had one on my chin from when I was a kid, and I think that took a few years, but now barely the tiniest trace of a scar exists. The trick is moisturizing and gently massaging the area. Pinkness usually fades after about 6 months.
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Old 22.01.2010, 16:50
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What kind of stitches?

We were told to take my wife's C-sections stiches out ourselves
Are you serious?????? And did you?
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Old 22.01.2010, 16:51
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Are you serious?????? And did you?
Yup, after the 3 C-section we felt like pros
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Old 22.01.2010, 16:56
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Yup, after the 3 C-section we felt like pros
And you were actually TOLD to do it yourselves? Unbelievable...
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Old 22.01.2010, 17:02
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And you were actually TOLD to do it yourselves? Unbelievable...
The gynae was really really good - if you need one or know of someone that needs one, we're happy to recommend him. Really experienced, looks like the kind of guy who wouldn't get flapped no matter what and doesn't make you feel like a fool for asking a stupid question.

Anyway, he basically told us she (my wife) could go for an appointment and he would do it, or we can do it ourselves. If we wanted to do it, this is what we needed to do... (and the rest is history )

Basically, we trusted him and followed his instructions.
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Old 22.01.2010, 17:20
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And you were actually TOLD to do it yourselves? Unbelievable...
Not unbelievable at all, or not back home (rural US) anyway. Small-town doctors are very aware of the financial hardship that routine extra visits can constitute, and generally don't tell you to come back unless they really do feel it's important.

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Anyway, he basically told us she (my wife) could go for an appointment and he would do it, or we can do it ourselves. If we wanted to do it, this is what we needed to do... (and the rest is history )

Basically, we trusted him and followed his instructions.
Yup, that's what our doctor used to do too - ask whether you would prefer to come back to the office in 7-10 days, or take them out at home. If you said take them out at home, he'd give you a short talk on how to do it, how long to wait, what to look out for - and that was it. Any questions, call him or bring the kid back in.

We never had any trouble.
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Old 22.01.2010, 17:23
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Appreciated! yeah, it's the black synthethic type. I've had staples before, and actually, they came out quite easily with pilers.

As for the source---fairly typical, hockey puck to the head. (perhaps more stereotypical). I ain't pretty no more.
Staples... stitches... Have you ever considered wearing a face mask?

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Old 22.01.2010, 18:36
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I would see a cosmetic surgeon to have them removed,
I think using a cosmetic surgeon is a bit too much. Actually how a scar will heal mainly depends on the expertise of the person who stitches, how well they are done and also the skin of the patient. If the wound has healed properly then the stitches can be removed, in hospital if you are lucky the intern will do it
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Old 22.01.2010, 19:45
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Re: Stitches removed

I'm not really too concerned with the scar---with my skin type (and previous experience) it will scar with a big dark keloid. As long as it doesn't get infected I'm happy.

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