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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Super Glue Stitch

I didn't receive stitches after the surgeon was finished. Instead, a surgical "super glue" was used. The result fascinates me, since it looks like a dollop of glue was squeezed into the wound, and it held it all together after it dried.


A small section already is gone, but most is still there. From what I've read, it will all finally come off over a few weeks.

Never, since the surgery, has the wound shown any signs of infection. That's the best part. Being sealed, and with a surgery team practicing the best sterilization practices, the wound is never exposed to bacteria.

I'm impressed.


9 comments:

  1. Glad you are doing alright. That Super Glue is amazing and when I was sending out packages to my troops "over there" they requested the glue for their medics. It seems the gubment won't issue the stuff and there are plenty of wounds and minor surgeries they can use it on and the guy/gal will not have to be off line and have repeat visits. Good stuff.

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    1. I'm not surprised our government doesn't supply such things in abundance. With the tons of special paperwork involved, bureaucrats, ridiculous military supply chains, and lack of oversight, the typical $3 price of such stuff ends up costing $50 per oz, and a congresscritter finds it cuts into their slush money to pay for votes.

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  2. Super Glue. Who would have thought it would work instead of stitches. Might be a good thing to keep on hand in my medical preps. Glad you are healing and I really hope the surgery has good results for you.

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    1. Thanks. I still have some soreness, and numbness. Time will tell, if the numbness is permanent.

      According to my surgeon, the severity of my syndrome might leave permanent nerve damage. It's acceptable as a substitute for the same numbness, and pain, when it would wake me during the night.

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  3. Your road to recovery sounds very promising. No sign of infection is more than half the battle. The surgical sealant takes care of itself when it basically falls off. It's a better alternative to stitches and staples in many cases. Take care.

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    1. The glue fell off about an hour ago, when I finally decided it would handle hot water. The incision site is completely closed, and appear to be well on the way to full healing.

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  4. Isn't that WONDERFUL! I'm so glad you didn't have the surgery down here or you would have gotten Elmer's Glue by accident. I hear it's the favorite thing for the surgeon to sniff during operations.

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  5. Having spent many years observing the extreme holding power of superglue through the lab processes that mainly are gluing my fingers together by accident while trying to make a fridge magnet out of the cat, I too am a huge fan of that alternative to bandaging, which I can never effectively duplicate when I get home and remove it against express orders and now I have to go, I've said too much.
    PS.... very happy you're healing/ have healed/ will continue to get better. Cover the bases, my grandpap always said.

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  6. Neat about the glue-stitches. Saves the return trip to have them removed and protects against infection, double score! Along time ago I once worked for an orthopedic surgeon and occasionally had to remove stitches from carpal tunnel surgery incisions. Some of those that came in did not close well, were not well cared for post op, and were quite gross to behold.

    Hope round two goes well!

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