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WIBU to remove my own stitches?

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WayfaringStranger Sun 14-May-17 09:24:06

My dissolvable stitches won't dissolve! They're irritating because they're on my hand and they're catching on everything. I can't get a nurse's appointment to get them removed for another 10 days and they're driving me spare. I can feel them pulling as I type! WIBU to carefully remove them myself? The wound is healed and looks good and I checked with my pharmacist to ensure that it's fine before I take matters into my own hands.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 14-May-17 09:25:55

I really wouldn't. My doctors surgery gave me a same day appointment recently for a wound issue. Don't they do any urgent appointments?

gamerchick Sun 14-May-17 09:27:33

I would, they're only stitches.

Jimcanna Sun 14-May-17 09:39:50

I did. I cut out disolvable stitches in my mouth that didn't disolve.

I once had one in my mouth that didn't disolve for weeks. It was very stinky.

WayfaringStranger Sun 14-May-17 09:57:41

Would the GP remove them? I just assumed s/he would just refer me to the nurse. Plus, getting a same day appointment is a mission in itself. I've held on for an hour before and not got one because they've all gone!

isupposeitsverynice Sun 14-May-17 10:01:05

Wasn't there a huge thread around yesterday about all the gross things, including stitches, that people have extracted from themselves? Get yourself over to sporners corner they'll talk you through it. I couldn't do it, personally grin

PossumInAPearTree Sun 14-May-17 10:05:13

I would.

IME the practice nurse wouldn't remove them, not their job apparantly because it was from a hospital operation. So a GP wouldn't do it. Budgets and politics. Had to be a district type nurse. Pita sorting that out.

vixo Sun 14-May-17 10:05:48

If the wound is all healed then you're fine to remove them yourself. I'd give it a bit of a clean with something first, and then snip them with (clean) scissors or nail clippers and pull them out. There's nothing clever or special about removing stitches!

PossumInAPearTree Sun 14-May-17 10:06:14

Just sterilise some scissors in boiling water. Snip and then pull with some tweezers.

flibberdy Sun 14-May-17 10:06:23

I would, and I have done. From my foof!!

Go for it

TroysMammy Sun 14-May-17 10:10:35

Our Nurse would remove them and she would fit you in between patients.

How silly that a Practice Nurse won't remove stitches from a hospital operation. Maybe not major surgery like a hip replacement but if people are mobile enough to get to the surgery our PN has removed staples, clips and stitches after people have had ops.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 14-May-17 10:10:56

Has it been 10 days since you got them?

if they are separate stitches pull the knot up and slice just one of the strands going to it, that way you can pull them out. Apparently if you cut them and the rest of the stitch vanishes inside the wound that's fine, it will either dissolve or poke its way out.

No baths for 24 hours after as you've left a teeny little hole that's an infection risk.

I carefully took internal notes when I had some stitches removed.

CatThiefKeith Sun 14-May-17 10:11:01

shockfrom your foof? That's hardcore!

Wando1986 Sun 14-May-17 10:14:55

Just snip them carefully by the knot with clean nailclippers and pull out the other way. Then treat as any small open cut. They're like a temporary piercing. I cut my own out a few years ago because they were taking weeks to give me a removal date.

WayfaringStranger Sun 14-May-17 10:19:34

I thought I was brave but I'm not feeling so brave now. Removing stitches from your fanjo is super hardcore - wow!

I think our practice nurse will remove stitches from hospital ops but getting any appointment at my surgery is like finding a needle in a haystack. I'm actually looking at new surgeries.

Would it be ok if I just trimmed the edges?

bimbobaggins Sun 14-May-17 10:35:38

I had stitches in over Christmas and a couple were removed by the practice nurse but a couple hadn't healed and were due to be removed when they were closed for the festive period so she gave me the equipment home to do it myself

bimbobaggins Sun 14-May-17 10:36:58

Plus my stitches were from the hospital and I was told to go to my own practice

RoganJosh Sun 14-May-17 10:38:49

I did my DH's from his testicals 😀

YellowDinosaur Sun 14-May-17 10:41:38

What vixo said:

If the wound is all healed then you're fine to remove them yourself. I'd give it a bit of a clean with something first, and then snip them with (clean) scissors or nail clippers and pull them out. There's nothing clever or special about removing stitches

And I'm a surgeon

PeaFaceMcgee Sun 14-May-17 10:43:35

Ah give it a go. It's not a specialist skill.

YellowDinosaur Sun 14-May-17 10:44:54

And I agree not to worry if some bits are left as they will eventually dissolve. Don't with the don't have a bath for 24 hours though. That is similar to advising not to have a bath after a vaccination or blood test which would be ridiculous.

Make sure it's healed and stitches have been in at least 7 days, make sure the scissors you use are clean, and crack on.

YellowDinosaur Sun 14-May-17 10:45:32

Don't agree with

LakieLady Sun 14-May-17 10:46:34

I absolutely LOATHE the sensation of stitches being drawn through my skin, so I always remove my own. It doesn't freak me out when I do it to myself, for some reason.

paulapantsdown Sun 14-May-17 10:48:19

I've done it a few times on myself, including my face! Give the area an wipe with antiseptics before and after, clean nail scissors and pull out with tweezers. One minute job.

I also did some on a neighbours head recently when his wife was too squeamish!

paulapantsdown Sun 14-May-17 10:49:52

There is an actual surgeon replying above telling you it's fine, so I'd say it is!

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