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Slow healing belly button incision & stitch spitting Slow healing belly button incision & stitch spitting

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Unread 04-18-2011, 12:17 PM
Slow healing belly button incision & stitch spitting

I was wondering if anyone else here as experience stitch spitting from their belly button incision. I'm almost 6 weeks post-op and my belly button is taking what seems like a long time to heal. I have dried drainage when I wake up each morning and it is a little tender, but there is no redness beyond the incision and I'm not running fever so I'm not thinking infection.

But I have had two sutures exposed since the doctor removed the steri-strips @ 1 week post-op and this weekend a new piece of suture was showing in a separate spot of the incision.

I'm just wondering how much longer this will go on. I don't want to go back to my doctor since I don't think there is anything wrong, I'm just ready for this incision to be healed or for an idea how much longer it might take.
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Unread 04-19-2011, 06:18 PM
Re: Slow healing belly button incision & stitch spitting

Hi there,

I don't have this issue, but one of the women who had surgery during the time frame I did had the same issue. Her incision took a long time to heal. At 9 weeks it's starting to heal. Everyone is different though. If you have concerns, then you can always call you're doc. You don't necessarily have to go for a visit.

Hope this helps. Take care!
Unread 04-20-2011, 12:10 PM
Re: Slow healing belly button incision & stitch spitting

Thanks for the post. That does make me feel better.

I did something to it just a little while ago while only sitting at my desk and now it's bleeding. I can't really ignore that so it looks like I'll be calling my doctor this afternoon. The joys of healing.
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Unread 04-20-2011, 05:18 PM
Re: Slow healing belly button incision & stitch spitting

My belly button sutures busted out fifth day post op, also LSH. The anesthesia made me vomit for quite some time...I guess that's why this happened?! My doctor steri-stripped my incision the best he could, but it has taken a while for the open wound to heal on its own! I now have a lot of scar tissue. The whole thing was a lot to deal with on top of my surgery! It bled on and off for several weeks. I cleaned it every day with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. I covered during the day, and let it "breathe" at night. I will be 6 weeks post op tomorrow. Hope all is ok, and that you checked with your doctor. BTW, my doctor gave me another round of Doxycycline to guard against infection.
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