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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-22-2004, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Absorvable/Dissolvable stiches, how long to dissapear

I just saw in another post that Dr. Jean said that dissolvable stiches take
3 weeks to dissapear?
Is dissolvable the same as absorbable stiches?
The feral that was spayed last week has absorbable stiches, I checked her today and there are three pieces (I mean the rolled up suture line is broken in 3 parts like if it has been falling off) I can see a very clean scar underneath, no redness/irritation so I figured the stiches were being absorbed) Would 1 week (it was 1 week yesterday since her surgery) be normal for absorb stiches to dissapear or..? She doesn't seem bothered by it though since she has a feral lifestyle who knows how she got the scab partly removed..thank-you!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 12:53 AM
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There are probably 2 or even 3 layers of sutures, the others are inside where you can't see.

It depends on the particular suture material used, it can take 3 weeks to 6 months to dissolve.

What you're seeing is probably where she's been chewing or licking at the sutures. I always did individual sutures on the outside for that reason; so the whole suture line doesn't come undone. But at a week post-op, she's probably fine on that.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Oh good, thank-you Dr. Jean; she seems fine indeed. Amazing how fast her fur is growing back but I suppose outdoor cats's fur grows faster than indoors? Also her ear notch is OK but the area around it looks floppier? Not frayed or irritated but it seems to have collapsed inwards..I think lack of skin tension?..since this is the first post-op feral I'm dealing with I don't know what's normal so I'm wachting her closely..thank-you again Dr. Jean
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