Were stitches removed too soon?

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My mother recently had staples removed from a healing wound on her stomach that was about 7 inches long. It has about a two inch long section that is open, dry-ish and dark but occasionally leaks bloody fluid. It's approximately 3/4 inch wide, and fairly shallow. She recently had a hysterectomy and the needle they used to stitch her up slipped and was lost in her stomach. When they found it, they ripped an extra few pounds of fat out to get to the needle. She says it is painful to the touch and just a bit warm, although it's been two weeks since her surgery. I just want to make sure she's okay. I have a photo I could link to if need be.

Thanks.

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It's normal for stitches to ooze a bit after they're taken out. It's just to approximate the skin closer together so it can heal. Also, I doubt they ripped an extra few pounds of fat to get to the needle. They may have burrowed a bit, but that fat is generally kept in place and there is no reason to take it out for cosmetic / infectious reasons.

Your concern about a warm/ painful wound MAY indicate normal reaction to a wound. It's a wound, after all. If it starts to leak white / frank pus, gets very red, starts to smell bad, or becomes painful even without touching it, you should be concerned for infection. Of course, keep the dressings clean, and follow up with all your surgeon's appointments.

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Thank you for assuaging my fears! I'm really just concerned that it's got a huge gap in it. Here's what it looks like today - be wary this is gross: http://imgur.com/0ObAi5F

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Ah, actually it looks like it might have been left open like that intentionally. It looks like there's some kind of packing in there to help it clot up. Sometimes, it can be used to help with draining, I guess especially in the event of a foreign body being stuck there.

So just clarifying, the surgeon / his/her team removed the staples/ stitching recently and it was already open like that, right? When is your next surgeon followup appointment? If you have any questions, you can always just call the office and be sure it was meant to be open and not a dehisced wound. Tell them approximately how wide / open it is.

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This happened January 21, the stitches were out last Wednesday, and she says it's steadily grown to hurt more. It had the tiniest opening, about an eighth of the current size across and a quarter wide... So obviously the rather quick expansion is what scared me. She's supposed to go back in three weeks, but she is calling tomorrow morning to talk with the doctor and see if there's anything wrong. Thanks again, I am much less worried now!

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Ah that sounds more like a wound dehiscence then. Yep, go back to the doc then as soon as you can. Not a big deal.

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