It appears that this is the end of a dissolvable suture coming out of the bottom of the incision. It's either being pushed out as it heals or the surgeon didn't cut it flush enough with the skin when he sewed you up.Has anyone here snipped off their own protruding (Polydioxanone? Vicryl?) suture??
Hi Amy.So..... I’ve been using Aquaphor on my non-healing sternum (bottom-most part) and covering it with gauze. Now the scab’s not hiding anything, I think I see why it’s not healing :
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There’s a clear, possibly plastic? fishing-line -looking wire sticking out, with what may be knots in the end of it. When I sit or lie down it moves down the entire length of the open wound! View attachment 887848
Does anyone have experience with this? I’m going to send pictures to my surgeon, but up to this point CC has been amazingly unhelpful, so....
Any information about your experience with this kind of situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
That's disappointing on the part of CC follow-up and care for the patient. Not surprised though. Personally, I would not wait another 8 days. If your regular PCP won't take you in today for a quick 5 minute appointment, I would go to a Urgent Care type facility. I would think that any competent physician or PA can identify the suture and confirm if you have an infection by visual or taking a culture. That's my opinion. Good luck!Well, CC has not deigned to tell me what it is, and only say I should have a thoracic surgeon look at it. Normally thoracic surgeons book months out here but I got an appointment with one in eight days. Still - eight more days of being unsure what to do, hoping it’s not infected.... Ugh.
Great news! You should be well on your way to full incision closure soon!I tried pulling on it just a bit first... and a bit more... and it came out! Like a little jimmy.
Does it seem fluid filled like a blister?