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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 16:33 PM   1
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Dissolvable stitches, how long....


....does it take for them to dissolve?

I'm 5wks pp tomorrow and I still have them. I'm getting stinging down there still too. I had an episiotomy and I think there may have been some tears too. To be honest I didn't ask too much as I didn't want to know at the time.

I have been having baths every day and they are still there. Some have dissolved but I can still see some. I just want them gone. I can't believe I'm still getting pain and discomfort. Is this normal?



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 16:46 PM   2
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I had a c section and mine dissolved before 5 weeks. Not sure when but think it was by 2 weeks. It might be different though because it's different tissue that's been stitched. Sorry I can't help on the stinging thing but I know I still had pulling sensations from the catheter for about 7 weeks so I guess these things can take a long time. I would mention it to your health visitor or doctor. Have you got a 6 week check up booked where you could voice your concerns? If not I'd book one just so they can check you don't have an infection. Sorry I can't talk from experience so I guess I'd be cautious. Good luck x



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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 16:56 PM   3
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Not sure how long the pain down below would last... I had a c-section, and it took weeks and weeks for the pain to completely go away, and there are still times I'll get a twinge (nothing painful though)- but that's a totally differerent area.

As for the stitches, I would think that's a bit long to last hun? I want to say mine were gone when I peeled the tape off around 2wks? I would maybe call your OB and ask what to do? It's possible the stitches have dissolved on the inside, but just not fully on the outside yet???



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 17:22 PM   4
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Thanks for the replies. I'll be booking in for my 6wk check up next week. Prob get it for the following wk. I'll ask my Dr then about it. I'm just getting fed up as I want to just get on with things now. I want to be over all this stuff

It gets me down sometimes.



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 17:24 PM   5
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I'm still very tender in the middle section (between one and the other) I had to be cut and had 14 stitches, and I'm almost 4 weeks out.. Its still very tender to touch and sometimes still hurts when I go



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 17:29 PM   6
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I'm still very tender in the middle section (between one and the other) I had to be cut and had 14 stitches, and I'm almost 4 weeks out.. Its still very tender to touch and sometimes still hurts when I go
That's what I'm experiencing. Still a bit tender down there and stinging after I go sometimes and sometimes when I sit a certain way I get a pulling feeling and the stinging sometimes. It is getting better, bur sooo slowly.



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 17:33 PM   7
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I'm still very tender in the middle section (between one and the other) I had to be cut and had 14 stitches, and I'm almost 4 weeks out.. Its still very tender to touch and sometimes still hurts when I go
That's what I'm experiencing. Still a bit tender down there and stinging after I go sometimes and sometimes when I sit a certain way I get a pulling feeling and the stinging sometimes. It is getting better, bur sooo slowly.
I'm right there with you.. Im hoping I heal soon. I see my doctor tomorrow so Im going to ask him and go from there.. sigh..



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 17:42 PM   8
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Hope you heal up soon too. Good luck with the dr. Will be thinking of you.



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 18:01 PM   9
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Hey hun, I had the dissolvable stitches because I had a 2nd degree tear (which I have heard is pretty much the same 'damage' as an episiotomy)... Mine took around 5-6 weeks to heal, after a while they started feeling quite heavy and the first few weeks home I was finding it hard to put trousers on, sit down/stand up etc. I'd recommend you carry on with the baths every day, also you can try putting a couple of drops of lavender oil in the water too as it helps them to dissolve. As much time out of your underwear as possible helps, if your still bleeding then lie on a towel. I would just get out from the lavender bath, go to the bedroom where LO & OH usually were and just lie on my towel, even for like 10 mins HTH xx



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 18:02 PM   10
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Also for the stinging on the toilet you could try leaning your body forwards, that helped a lot with me



 
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