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Comment from: Anti, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

In 1991 I had to have a cervical discectomy of C5 to C7. During the surgery the chief resident said for some reason I somehow lost 3 liters of blood (1 pint less than your total blood volume). Prior to making the incision in my neck they removed the bone graft for the fusion. At that time they put my head in a halo to stabilize my neck for the time being. Ironically, they threw my graft away admitting they really were losing me and there was not much sense saving it. Well, thank goodness I did make it. They put me in ICU on Christmas Eve. I was 34 years old then. Last year at the left halo site all my skin fell off the hole and I pulled out a V shaped piece of stitching. This year again on the left side I get large eruptions that are full of thick, white matter. Below is a very tight stitch that is connected very tightly to both ends. My doctor has cut one of them but as of today I have cut 37 stitches all over the left side of my head. My question is why they would stitch in this manner and why it would take 25 years to erupt.

Comment from: mjackson501, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had an accidental cut on the tip of my finger that required 5 stitches. Let me just say whoever said the removal of them is painless must have not ever had them. I have a very high pain level tolerance and the numbing shots even take an unusually high amount to work for me. It took 8 shots just to numb the finger tip for her to initially clean, reattach, and close my wound. When they took them out it seemed like it had some numbness in it as I could barely feel the girl cleaning it. Boy, was I wrong! I was squirming around in pain every time she clipped one. They said it was because there are so many nerves in the affected area. But I imagine it would be just as painful anywhere else. I will say though that as soon as it was done I had a lot less pain than I did before she even started to remove them.

Comment from: Eileen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I went to have stitches removed from upper and lower eye lid surgery. The nurse got 2 taken on one eye and as I found it unbearably painful she went to the other eye and removed one. I felt myself getting hotter and hotter and thought that I was going to faint. I had to walk out as I could not tolerate it and feeling very weak and faint with about 40 more stitches in total to take out. I don't know what to do I am so nervous.

Comment from: joan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had approximately 25 stitches removed after wrist surgery to remove a cyst. Twenty of them didn't hurt, but the other five, the pain was the worst I have ever felt. Now I still get that horrible pain in my wrist even if I'm not moving it. I don't understand.

Comment from: umran, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 15

I have had stitches to close a wound injury to a deep cut in my thumb. It was very nasty, I could see straight through to the inside of my cut. I have a scar left for a long time I want to remove the scar.

Comment from: Made4U2Wonder, Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I was in such pain getting my pins removed from hammer toe and bunion surgery that the doctor wouldn't remove my stitches. Instead he gave me a prescription for valium and rescheduled me for another day. I can't believe they remove the pins routine without a shot of something. I begged and pleaded after the first pin. But he proceeded to remove all 3 as I screamed.

Comment from: gallus, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I too had the super extreme level of pain reported by the other writers in this thread. After hand surgery, all stitches but one were removed with not much pain. The last one was at a level of pain that was so horrific that I could not tolerate the stitch even being touched. What bothers me most is that everyone behaves as if this is unheard of. But there must be an explanation, and surely there must be a way of dealing with the problem. Even on this page, nobody has spoken up to explain what is happening and what to do about it.

Comment from: missybrat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had carpal and cubital tunnel surgery. I did not have pain from the surgery until they took the stitches out. I have never had that kind of pain. There was no numbing agent used. If you have to have stitches taken out, I would suggest either: 1. Ask for a sedative or 2. Ask for the area to be numbed.

Comment from: jvcarey, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

Currently I am having stiches removed from the sole of my foot. I week go, 8 were removed, I cried like a big baby, the experience was extremely painful. Today I went back and he was about to remove the rest and I said no. So we are scheduled to remove them in 2 weeks, I am going to take oral sedation first.


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