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Question about stitches after AVR

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So guys wondering if anyone can help me.

I had to go to the doctors a couple of days after discharge from hospital to have a couple of stitches removed where the drain tubes had been. These were big black almost darning thread stitches.

When the nurse took them out there was also some nylon type thread which she cut close to the skin. I still have a bit of this nylon poking out and puckering up a bit of skin. Is this just an internal stitch that will dissolve in time (just over 3 weeks since op now) or should I be heading back to get it removed?

Your thoughts greatly appreciated

Take care all

Sam

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Hello,You might be safer phoning your doctor or nurse to ask about this, we cant tell you what it is.

Good luck with it ...

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Ok thanks Jimtom 👍

Morning Samgeorge

Think that’s a look see by your GP/nurse. Can’t speak from experience, mine taken out before I left hospital. So if you have a cardio nurse phone if not your GPs surgery.

Hope you continue to make a great recovery.

Pauline

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Samgeorge in reply to 080311

Thanks Pauline. Doing really well so far 👍

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080311 in reply to Samgeorge

That’s really good to hear, ever forward.

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Samgeorge in reply to 080311

I had 4 pacing wires removed whilst still in hospital I believe. Guess it will be a trip to the GP 😉

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080311 in reply to Samgeorge

Hi Think you replied to me instead of Gil. Like you had my pacing wires removed in hospital last thing they removed before discharge. I had 3 still can see where they were. I think your right and a phone call is in order.

Pauline

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Samgeorge in reply to 080311

Sorry, that should have gone to gilreid1

Think these will be pacing wires (was there two)used to monitor your heart rhythm during your heart surgery. Mines were just cut close to skin. But as always if not sure check with your GP

Gil

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Samgeorge in reply to gilreid1

I had 4 pacing wires removed whilst still in hospital. I guess it will be a trip to the GP 😉

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👌good luck I am sure everything will be fine

Gil

Hi, the black thread you are talking about are not disolvable from the drain tube site. They need to be taken out. It is possible to take them out yourself... (not that I am advising it, but erm I did!) So probably best to ring the GP, they will probably get a nurse to do it anyway. (it doesn't hurt... not that I would know...) HTH

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Samgeorge in reply to Smarticus

Thanks Smarticus, the black thread was removed by the nurse, it’s just a bit of nylon like thread left in.

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Smarticus in reply to Samgeorge

Hi, thats right :-) a little tug and its out ;-)

I would go back and get it taken out- leaving it will be risk of infection. My daughter had her thread left in her head after her cranioplasty and was left in from her head drain and her surgeon said it needed removing. Her community nurse came in to do it which was easier for us. Hope this helps

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Samgeorge in reply to JJL15

Thanks JJL15 👍

How are you feeling after your AVR?

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Samgeorge in reply to JJL15

Really good thanks. Just over 3 weeks since the op. Very little pain, just a bit of discomfort really. Walking for exercise and feeling stronger each day. 😁

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JJL15 in reply to Samgeorge

That’s good to hear. I have mine next Thursday 😊

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Samgeorge in reply to JJL15

Sending my best wishes for you next Thursday. The thought of it is far worse than the operation itself. You will be fine and remember once you come round your on the road to health. All the best for a speedy recovery. Take care Sam.

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