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Staple Removal after surgery

Question Posted Monday April 30 2007, 4:40 pm

I recently had surgery. Recently, as in about a week ago. I had my check-up appointment today and I'm pretty sure they will be taking the staples out. I was wondering if anyone has gone through with the removal of staples. Does it hurt? What does it feel like? Should I take a pain medication before going? I'm kind of nervous; I don't like pain or needles.

Any advice would be great.

The surgery was for appendicitis. My appendix ruptured so I have 3 little holes from the minimally invasive surgery.

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leLovely answered Monday April 30 2007, 7:06 pm:
I had surgery on my knee over the summer and it was orthoscopic (sp?) so there were a few different small slits/holes and I had staples. Honestly, when I got my staples off it didn't hurt at all. It's probably more relieving than painful. It was quick pressure, a little pinch and then they were off. It's nice because I remember the staples kind of itching and it felt a lot better after getting them off. But, my boyfriends mom got staples taking because she got an ovary, I think, removed, and it hurt for her. You're probably best off asking your doctor if it's going to hurt, because I think it varies from person to person/area to area.

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Sabine answered Monday April 30 2007, 5:46 pm:
Let's see - after 8 abdominal surgeries, I feel qualified to tell you that staple removal does not hurt, really. It pinches, occasionally, and they have to bend those staples to get them out, but for the most part it doesn't hurt. In fact, usually it feels darned good!

I wouldn't take anything, but if you're nervous, you shouldn't need more than the over-the-counter dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

The doc/nurse will likely apply steri-strips after the staples are out. Those can itch, but they're important because they will keep your scar small and as pretty as possible. I have one that's 14.5 inches long.

You can use vitamin-E oil as soon as the scabbing has gone away. Mederma is also good for scars, but the thing about Mederma that does the most good is that you massage it into the skin. Don't forget to use a lot of sunblock because new skin is very succeptible to sun damage.

Best wishes and hope you're feeling better.


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isis answered Monday April 30 2007, 5:21 pm:
I had a C Section some years ago and had several staples. The removal was not at all painful except for when the nurse missed one and got my skin instead! I didn't need any pain killers and all I felt was a slight pulling sensation. It's all over very quickly. You should be fine.

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