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What can happen with a non dissolving stitch left in
I had a hysterectomy done back in March of this year. I was bleeding after the surgery for about 5wks before I really knew anything could be wrong. I went back in and they found that there was a stitch that had not dissolved. They removed one half of the stitch cause they couldn't get the other half out. After removing the half of stitch they found out it was actually a non dissolving stitch and will never go away. Since then I have sharp pains that kinda come and go. I have been back in a few different times and the doctor who did the surgery thinks it may be the stitch, but the head of the department doesn't think so. They now have me on some pain meds and say I need physical therapy. Could this actually be from the stitch that is still in me?
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Yes it could be, oh boy this ones a toughie, Im sorry your going though this, I will be honest with you, and say what Id do , I think yes its possible its the stich, are other things possible yes. However the body works to eject forgein objects it can take a long long time. I had a little tiney boney fragment from apulled tooth it took a year, it hurt when it finally worked it way to surface I picked it out it was so small couldnt believe it hurt ,Kind of like a splinter your body will work it out.

Now since this is a stitch the dr put in the wrong type of sutures,Id ask them to remove it, should be relativley simple, since they got 1/2 out it cant be too deep.
Can you tell me what the head of dept thinks it is?  If it is the retained suture, it may be gathering scar tissue and becoming larger, given the time frame..things left in body that are not natural material can become hardened and more difficult to remove.

Pain meds are ok but you know its a bandaide its masking what ever is going on,,so you have had your surgeon and the head of dept 2 opinions correct?

what does the skin look like near the area of retained stitch, red, raised. ? any descriptive words would help.
I am almost inclinded to think maybe a dermatloigist may be a good option, they are used to dealing w skin, in and of differnet layers, this suture must be in the skin still not the fat or muscle or they could not have gotten half of it.

can you get back w me and answer some of my questions Id like to help more if I can.

Cherie
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Cheri, could you please contact me at 803-840-9110. I had Breast Cancer and the plastic surgeon performed the implants before obtaining a clear mammogram report, three weeks later, I was diagnosed with Breast cancer. That was in 2007. He then went back in 2010and removed the implants and put what her determined were smaller, still a size D. I had a abnormal mammogram in 2013 showing a large mass, had ultrasound, MRI, needle biopsy, all benign. Since Court was the last doctor who worked on my Breast, I went back to him. The mass of infection was because he had left two pieces of suture that had not dissolved, we are not going to court. He is flat out twisting the dates in the deposition today and had his lawyer throwing years and jumping from one to three earlier.. Then he claims he placed a fifth implant in my left Breast for symenentry, that never happened. He never filed insurance, no records of it, all out of the goodness of his heart. I need help. My lawyer left me with his son who just passed the bar. I have my mentor card with the serial number of each implant, can I not call them to verify that there was only four ever placed in means he falsified the papers. He admitted when he pulled out the sutures that was the problem. You may not can help, but after almost five hours of grilling today, I've at least got it out. The first call is going to be to my lawyer in the morning. Thanks, Lynnette
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I had a c-section 9 months ago & Iv'e had nothing but problems ever since lots of infections now the right side of my incision has sunken in Ive been getting alot of knots coming up! I went to wound care & was told that I had possible retained suture & that the doctor who did the surgery should see me for free to fix this problem! nobody is sure why the right side has sunk in. It looks like a hole! Does anybody have any possible answers or suggestions on what I should do? Should she fix this without charging me?
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I had my total hysterectomy in 2003 and just discovered a stitch in the vaginal cuff.  What is involved in having this removed?  Could a dissolvable stitch stay in there that long?  
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I had a total hysterectomy 1 yr and 3 months ago and went to the dr yesterday because I didn't feel right and had a pinkish discharge. My stitches are still intact. I am scheduled for surgery next wed to have them removed and tissue repaired and stitched back up again!! So yes they can stay in that long.
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I had a total hysterectomy a year ago and six months after that I was spotting and had painful intercourse. I went in and she removed three stitches and knots from my vagina. Not fun. Then a month later symptoms returned and I went back in only to have another one removed. for some reason every time I had the issue my urine smelled like rotten eggs. No infection and doctors were baffled. After stitches were removed the smell went away. now it's been a year and intercourse is painful again with foul smelling urine. Scared to go back in.Ugh!
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I had a hysterectomy in 2009. It is now Jan 2017. In Nov 2016 I went to my doctor because I had yellow chunky discharge and a God awful smell about me. It was embrassing to say the least. She did an exam and culture of the discharge. I had a major infection of my girly area. She then sent me to a gyro and they tried to remove the stitch they found...8yrs this stitch as been in there. She pulled and tugged and cut but couldn't get it out. She referred me to a Urogyno to which I am going to today.
The smell and chuncky discharge is gone. Now its just yellow discharge which tells me the infection will be coming back if I don't do anything about it. Ugh I am so scared to go today. We looked at the surgical report and all the materials used were supposed to be dissolvable.
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Troush - What did you find out?
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Troush, same exact thing happened to me. Had a hysterectomy back in 2015 and they apparently used permanent stitches and after 2 years of uti's and kidney infections and many other problems and telling every type of doctor that something is wrong I finally was referred to a urogyno and he said the stitch is causing these problems and also have rectocele due to the doctor who did the hysterectomy did not secure everything up there. Some doctors just should not be practicing.
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Troush, same exact thing happened to me. Had a hysterectomy back in 2015 and they apparently used permanent stitches and after 2 years of uti's and kidney infections and many other problems and telling every type of doctor that something is wrong I finally was referred to a urogyno and he said the stitch is causing these problems and also have rectocele due to the doctor who did the hysterectomy did not secure everything up there. Some doctors just should not be practicing.
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Wow! I hope that i dont have this problem. Its scary for what i hear from you all. It can be serious afterwards if not treated correctly. Good luck ladies. Take care of the matter and pray for greater health to recovery.
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I feel for all of you! How can doctors be this incompetent!? Hysterectomy predisposes us to all types of -celes (rectocele, cystocele, urethrocele, enterocele) because the uterus separates the bladder and bowel. Once it is removed, those organs no longer have the uterus between them plus they drop.  
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