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What happens to the stitches after an LAVH? What happens to the stitches after an LAVH?

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Unread 03-27-2008, 05:04 PM
What happens to the stitches after an LAVH?

I meant to ask my doctor after my 6 week post-op appointment, but I forgot. Does anyone know? Do they break up and dissolve?
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Unread 03-27-2008, 05:10 PM
What happens to the stitches after an LAVH?

They are also called absorbable sutures.

To your body stitches are a foreign substance. Dissolvable stitches are made from natural materials, such as processed collagen, silk and hair, as well as some synthetic materials that the body can break down. This allows the body to dissolve the stitches over time. Usually, by the time the stitches are dissolved, the wound is completely healed.

Occasionally, a stitch won't dissolve completely. This usually occurs when part of the stitch is left on the outside of the body. There, the body's fluids cannot dissolve and decompose the stitch, so it remains intact. A doctor can easily remove the remaining piece of stitch once the wound is closed.

You may also see a couple come out when wiping.
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