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02-21-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Eek: staples!

I've just been scratching my dressed surgical incisions, following my surgery last week (ileocolic resection) - and just discovered I've been stapled along the longest wound!

I'm sure this is perfectly normal, but my Surgeon didn't mention them, and I guess they've have to be removed at some point! Does anyone know how long they would normally stay in?!

EEK!

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02-21-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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I think it's about 10 days. A nurse usually comes to the house and removes them (in the UK anyway) Totally painless procedure. You will feel much more comfortable afterwards, as they begin to pull as you heal. Well done
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02-21-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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With an abdominal wound the staples may stay in for up to 14 days.

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02-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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Ha! Ha! I remember that. Looked like I had a zip in my tummy. Mine were in for 10 days and went back to hospital to get them out. Very quick and painless. Quick snip and they slip out. Leave a neater scar without puckering too.

And stop scratching. Nag! Nag! x
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02-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I was very lucky to be covered by my partner's Medical Insurance, so I was able to have the operation done privately - saying that I guess I'll have to ring them up and confirm a time and date for de-stapling!

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02-21-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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I had staples. Now I have a very light line. You can barely see it
02-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #7
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They took mine out at 7 days. Take Tylenol an hour before appointment and it isn't so bad.
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02-22-2012, 01:35 AM   #8
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They took mine out somewhere like that 7-10 days after. I kept my staples--at least the ones that didn't run away =/
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02-22-2012, 01:41 AM   #9
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My staples were taken out 4 days after my surgery! Too soon I thought! My scar is not too bad, but it could be nicer had they stayed a bit longer.
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02-22-2012, 01:42 AM   #10
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Ha! Ha! I remember that. Looked like I had a zip in my tummy. Mine were in for 10 days and went back to hospital to get them out. Very quick and painless. Quick snip and they slip out. Leave a neater scar without puckering too.

And stop scratching. Nag! Nag! x
It really does look like a zipper!
02-27-2012, 01:35 AM   #11
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I went into the doctor's office about a week and a half later to have my staples removed (in the US). I wished they had stayed in a little longer as I had some separation after they were removed. I was also on steroids for a while before surgery, so that slowed my healing a bit. My understanding is that you just want to get them taken out before your skin gets too irritated or starts growing over them.
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