COMPLICATIONS OF REMOVING STITCHES
Wound care after suture removal is very important for healing and not scar. There is no need to remove absorbable sutures because of the spesification of resorbability, however, some of the non-absorbable sutures need to be removed from the body after some time. This period may change according to condition of patient. For example, if the patient has diabetes, sutures need to be removed later than usual.
Some of the non absorbable sutures are not removed from the body, patient keep it in his body lifelong; such as, silk suture in ligation surgeries or polypropylene sutures in hernia surgeries.
Complications of Removing Stitches: After removing stitches, if you have redness, fever, pain, swelling and if the issue comes out from the wound area, a specialist need to be seen.
Wound reopening: If the sutures removed too early or if force is applied on the wound area, it can reopen. The wound need to be restitch or doctor maybe let the wound close itself naturally.
Excessive scarring: If the sutures are not removed on time and the patient keep them all too often, it may cause permanant scar.
Keloid formation: A keloid is a large scarlike tissue which is darker than the normal skin. The keloids seen on the waist, elbows, shoulders and the chests. They occurs when the body overreact while forming a scar. It is very common for brunette people and they need to be monitored by doctor.
Hypertrophic scars: These scars mostly seen around the joints. Hypertrophic scars can reach a peak size and get smaller over years. Keloids may disappear after some time but if hypertrophic scars are not cured, there may occur a permanant scar.