Stitches!! I had a couple dozen staples on the side where the plate and screws went into my tibia plateau. They even used two or three on the tiny incision on the other side of the knee where they put in a big clamp to hold the bones in place while drilling and screwing. Every one of those staples came out with more discomfort than any stitches I've had removed.
So are staples a West thing, Finn? Maybe Midwest too because I had a bunch of staples in the back of my leg when I blew out my Achilles in Michigan in 1996.
Your incisions are considerably larger than what I had. In fact, D and I were discussing how much smaller my incisions were than hers on the same type of surgery. I had no staples or stitches on this, my back surgery or 1st knee scope either.1996? things have changed a bit since then.... I had a ton of staples and stitches on my open shoulder surgery (somewhere in the 1990's) and on my 1st shoulder scope I even had a few. There is actually no need to do that as an open surgery anymore.
Edited by Finndog - 5/24/12 at 6:14am