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Sutures (stitches)

  1. If "absorbable sutures" have been used these may not require removing.
  2. Sometimes, even when "absorbable sutures" were used, the Doctor will decide to remove these between 4 and 21 days after surgery.
  3. If "permanent" or "non-absorbable" sutures are used, these are removed between 4 and usually 10 days after surgery. Rarely, if a graft has been taken from the ear or scalp, the sutures are left in 2 weeks. Scalp staples may be left in 2 weeks.

N.B If a stitch breaks and the wound opens, or the vision blurs, or there is bleeding, discharge or excessive pain, please contact your Doctor.