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Dissolvable Stitches ??

Jacqueline1966 Avatar
8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
I've just had a back operation and have dissolvable stitches. Can anyone tell me when I can safely have a long soak in the bath ( fed up with showers).
I rang my local surgery but receptionist says she cannot advise me and I can't see a doctor for another 6 days!
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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1 Like #2
Get better soon Jacqueline :-D

Why not try ringing the department of the hospital and ask, you would have thought they would of told you all this before you left!
1 Like #3
i would try [url]www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk[/url] or phone 08454647 and ask them
1 Like #4
give a ring to the ward/department where the surgery was done for correct advice.
I don't think a soak in the bath is advisable at this early stage?
#5
Thanks to all of you. :thumbsup:
I'm more or less confined to my bed and if it wasn't for this site i'd be crazy by now. (or crazier !! ) :)
#6
Good link from LaoTzu.

My little sister had dissolvable stitches in her mouth and they didn't dissolve very quickly even though they were in her mouth. Could have been different types of stitches though.

Read through that web page and if you still are unsure, I'd do what PapaSmurf says (really weird to type that lol)
#7
Another thought...... you should be able to get a telephone appointment with a Dr at your surgery, I have done this before when I don't actually need to see a Dr but need advice. Might be worth a try. Hope you feel better soon
#8
All depends on the size and depth of the surgery you had. Disolvable stitches will normally take a little longer to disappear or come out than normal stitches. You should be ok to get you back wet after about 7 -10 days but dont soak yourself for too long otherwise you will delay the healing process. Best thing to do is ring the ward where you had the op. They should really of advised you of the do's and dont's before you let the hospital.
#9
I had an emergency disctectomy and had dissolvable stiches.
I had to buy a shower to prevent my back from getting wet. I think it is advisable for you not to have a bath as your wound will be sterile at the moment, maybe if you start changing dressings and lying in bath water it could risk an infection.
I am probably being too careful but until the healing is well on it's way, I would advise against bathing.

If you don't have a shower, the one I bought was from woolies for about a fiver. Just like one of those small shampoo showers but with a longer hose. Plus I would advise holding the shower head rather than just standing under it so you can control where the water goes.
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TAKEN FROM BUPA WEBSITE.

Bathing and showering
It is usually possible for you to have a bath or a shower about 24 hours after surgery. Your nurse at the hospital will advise you if this is not the case following your particular operation.

Some general points to note are outlined below.

Showering is preferable to bathing.
Remove any dressing before having a bath or shower, unless your doctor gives you different advice. Some dressings are waterproof and can be left in place.
Don't use any soap, shower gel, body lotion, talcum powder or other bathing products directly over the healing wound.
It's alright to allow the shower water to gently splash onto the healing wound. However don't rub the area, as this will cause pain and might delay the healing process.
[COLOR="Red"]Only have a bath if the healing wound can be kept out of the water. Don't soak the area as this might soften the scar tissue and re-open the wound. [/COLOR]Dry the healing area carefully by patting it gently with a clean towel.
If you had surgery on your face, don't wear make-up over the scar until it has fully healed.
#11
I had a discectomy in August 2005, with disolvable stitches.

I was advised to wait for about 2 weeks before having a bath. After about 12 days the wound starting getting infected. The doctor told me that I should have been bathing the wound from about 10 days. But you must ensure you dry the wound thoroughly afterwards.8-)
#12
welchy
I had a discectomy in August 2005, with disolvable stitches.

I was advised to wait for about 2 weeks before having a bath. After about 12 days the wound starting getting infected. The doctor told me that I should have been bathing the wound from about 10 days. But you must ensure you dry the wound thoroughly afterwards.8-)


Sounds like they can't make their minds up! If you had been bathing and got an infection it would have been because you did it too soon!
#13
In The Old Days, One Was Told To Bathe In Salted Water As It Helped The Wound To Heal And Kept It Clean. Hope You Feel Beter Soon. :)
#14
QUOTE=sophie***;1552056]In The Old Days, One Was Told To Bathe In Salted Water As It Helped The Wound To Heal And Kept It Clean. Hope You Feel Beter Soon. :)[/QUOTE]

I was told that after having my first born, not mentioned by the time I had my second - obviously not high-tech enough!:roll:
#15
I had surgery a week and a half ago on my left pectoral. The Doc at hospital said no water whats so ever, especially the collar bone. I too have dissolvable stitches. 7 days passed and went to local GP to get stiches taken out. Its amazing what they can fit inside you. They took the metal rod thing out, and said it has healed nicely. I asked if water could be put on it, and she said fine. However, I am still using showers, just to be on the safe side.

In regards to your situation I would shower and dry ASAP, by patting it dry as opposed to other more rigorous methods. My theory is, that because it is your back, you may not notice if the site is open or becoming infected due to it being out of site, and secondly because the back is constantly in motion i.e. bending, stretching etc the skin and muscle tissue do not heal as quickly as other parts of the body may. Having said that movement on doctors advice is good as it shall keep you supple for the future.

Hope that helps, but the bottom line is Call the Docs/Nurse preferably the Hospital ones and be clear. I understand how you feel, I am more a bath person myself.

look after yourself:thumbsup:
#16
Hope you are on the road to recovery, and how did you get on with your dissolvable stiches?
#17
Maybe this is why all my wound has come open? The nurse advised me on baths...silly bint!
#18
Lulu'sMammy
Maybe this is why all my wound has come open? The nurse advised me on baths...silly bint!


I had salt water baths after the birth of my first daughter, this was what they advised - never had any trouble, apart from it stinging!!! :w00t:
#19
suze
Hope you are on the road to recovery, and how did you get on with your dissolvable stiches?


I'm slowly begining to walk around the house unaided and have now had a couple of baths
Had physio yesterday and was told " off the record" that they would take them out themselves if he had them!

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