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?
Hello Amy. Sorry to hear. Definitely not normal. Should have healed many weeks ago. Unless you want that large scar at the bottom, I suggest that you consult with a plastic surgeon. My opinion is it (the skin) needs to be reopened, middle removed, and edges sealed together to allow for a nice tight thin line. Eventually will disappear.Well, the blister got bumped and oozed out.. then, when I thought it was finally going to heal (the next day) another blister started forming, (two days later) got bigger with exercise (or heat; or time) and then started oozing out the side. This is annoying, to be sure, but if it’s part of the normal healing process and is nothing to be concerned about, I would sure like to know. Has this happened to any of you? Should I stop the brisk walking, which increases the oozing? I’m 12 weeks post-op. I’m so tired of worrying about my incision. I don’t even know how pellicle dealt with the emotional side of his ordeal. Distraction? Meditation? Sleep? Alcohol?
I have yet to come across such a person in Arkansas, but how great if that were the case and such a one could be found! Everyone I’ve seen so far wants to stick their dirty fingers in it (till I pull away at the last second and say ‘don’t touch it!’) so I’m v-e-r-y hesitant to go to yet another ‘professional’... and apparently the wound specialists won’t even see you unless you’ve already done a course of antibiotics under the care of another doctor and been referred when it didn’t work.Probably super quick, outpatient, and easy for a competent surgeon.