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Unread 01-23-2005, 05:16 PM
liquid stitches

hi ladies

wondered if any ladies out there had "liquid stitches" for their cuts-it basically looks like clear fingernail polish brushed over the cuts-how long does this stay on? does it just fall off when the stomach is healed? or does the doctor remove??

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Unread 01-23-2005, 05:23 PM
liquid stitches

Not sure if the stuff you are using over there is the same as in Australia, but if it is (and it looks like a clear film of paint - yes, like nail polish) then it will just come off when your skin flakes away (over the next two weeks or so). It will gradually come away in bits and make you want to pick it off! The docs usually spray or paint it on at the end of the operation to form a water=proof cover over the wound.

There are some dressings which are made of plastic and are clear. In Australia we call them 'Tegaderm' or 'Opsite'. These do peel off to be thrown away, and these will come off by themselves after about ten days or two weeks too. When are you seeing your doctor for the post-op? You could always give him/her a call. If there are no instuctions about the dressing then it is probably the former.
Unread 01-23-2005, 06:03 PM
liquid stitches


It's called Dermabond and is a "glue" that they put on top of the dissolving stitches on incision sites so you don't have to have bandaids or steri-strips. It also allows you to shower and have water hit those areas without any problems.

I'm almost 3 weeks and mine keep scraping off. I've avoided picking at them as I want the wounds to heal in a neat fashion. I'm having an appt. at 4 weeks post-op and if they are still there, I'll ask about them. I figure it's a small price to pay for such small incisions!

Good luck!
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Unread 01-24-2005, 07:15 AM
liquid stitches

thanks to you nellaustralia!

i assumed as much but no instruction was given to me in regards to the liquid stitches

i have a 6 week post op appt-im only two weeks out and only the belly button stitch has worn off-im not picking though! i promise!
Unread 01-24-2005, 11:19 AM
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I too had Dermabond for my incision! It was AWESOME!!! Now, you can't even see my scar!!! It's the only scar I have that doesn't show up!!! My Dermabond didn't cause any itching, irritation or noticable peeling. I never noticed any lifting of it. It just blended into my skin and that was all. It didn't have to be removed, and it didn't peel off. It did hold my incision very well. I was concerned about that, but I actually healed better with glue than staples!!! The other plus, according to my surgeon was that I could bathe when I felt like it without concern about incision!! I just didn't feel up to lifting myself out of the tub for a few weeks! But it was nice to know I could! I don't know why more surgeons don't use Dermabond!!!! I loved the fact that I didn't have to worry about skin irritation due to the tape from a dressing!!!

Unread 01-24-2005, 11:25 AM
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Dermabond is being used more and more for all surgeries. When I first saw it being used in our hospital they mainly used it for lap procedures. They stitch up the insides and then the last layer of skin, this is applied. It is mainly used to prevent infection of the incision because the incision is sealed shut.
It will wear off on its own, do not try and remove it yourself. Another benefit is it allows your incision to become wet although you should soak it.
You can get a similar product over the counter by bandaid called liquid bandage to use at home for cuts and scrapes (it does sting though)
I had it when I had my GB removed and I loved it.
Unread 01-24-2005, 03:08 PM
Skin Glue

This was used on my sling area on my thighs after insertion...I didn't know it until it caught on my pajamas...and almost ripped it off. I looked down to see two small round nail polish areas...funny looking little things.

They fell off on their own in about a week...but I can still feel the little *ends* of the sling...not sure when they fall off.

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