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Are sutures left in after a procedure?

Q:

I had a procedure done and the sutures were left in my face. I got an infection and two came out about three weeks after the procedure. Along with the scar tissue, I feel like there may be one suture still in my face under my skin. The doctor that performed the procedure is not acknowledging that this caused the infection and is stating that sutures are left in people all the time. Are sutures left in after a procedure?

A:

Nicole,

 

 Yes, it is very common to place and leave what are call dissolvable sutures during surgery. You may have reacted to the sutures placed deep inside you or theses suture could have gotten infected causing them to spit out of your body. Consider asking your surgeon the name of the product they utilized and if it was a dissolvable suture. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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