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Feeling of stitches inside vagina after childbirth. How do I confirm its presence?

Hi... i gave birth 5 weeks ago and had a seriously big cut to enable the vacuum to be used to help me give birth to my son... the problem is that the stitches didn t dissolve and my midwife had to cut the out. They had serious knots in them, so no wonder it hurt! Since then, despite the midwife saying the stitches had gone, i found one on the toilet tissue when i went to wee... and it feels like an inside one is still there. So my question is how do i confirm if a stitch is still inside me? Thanks
Asked On : Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
Mar 2013
Thanks for your query.
If the stitches were non absorbable, then they need to be cut and taken out.
If you are 100 % sure that you found one after the midwife said that they had all been taken out, then there is a chance that one of them stayed there, or a part of it stayed after cutting the whole suture out.
Also, sometimes, after healing of the episiotomy ( your vaginal cut ), the subsequent fibrosis and thickening ( induration ) feels like there is some prickly sensation, particularly on sitting.
In order to be absolutely certain that all of them are out, you need to visit your midwife/ treating obstetrician again, and have a thorough internal check up, including per speculum if required, and confirm that all stitches are indeed out.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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