Frequently Asked Questions

When do I get my stitches removed?


You don’t!

Virtually every surgery entails closing the wound with stitches. The muscles are put back together and the skin is closed. However, for several decades surgeons have used absorbable stitches and the days of going back to the surgeon a week later to have the stitches removed is gone.

The surgeons at the Norman Parathyroid Center use absorbable stitches throughout the operation so they will dissolve. There are no stitches to remove. They will dissolve and be gone in a few weeks.

I feel a little lump at the edge of the wound.

Yup, some people can feel this. This is the knot where the very small suture (smaller than a human hair) was tied to start the stitches. This knot is sometimes the last part of the stitches to dissolve. No worries! This will go away. Leave it alone. It is not dangerous, and not an issue (just a little weird!).