Stitches removed in France or Spain

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  1. peterc10

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    I had a minor op today in the doc's surgery. The doc told me he could not use dis-solvable stitches. The trouble is that I am off to France/Spain next Friday. So that means that my stitches need removing when I will be in Southern France or Northern Spain (depending upon weather and whim). They can normally be removed by a nurse.

    Can anybody advise where I can get this done please. Do I have to go to a hospital, or will a local doctor do it? Any advice on how to find said doctor's surgery would be useful as I have never had to see one in all the time I have travelled abroad (lucky me).
     
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    Unless the stitches are in a place that is particularly sensitive or difficult to reach, I would be tempted to take them out myself. I've only had a few stitches but I spent longer sitting in the doctor's waiting room than I spent with the nurse who removed them in a few seconds.
     
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    On the top of my head so I can't do it and my wife does not fancy it (or removing the stitches)
     
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    Shame; a pair of scissors & some tweezers + a couple of mins - all done.

    Others will be able to help you more than I can now.

    Good luck.
     
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    Funsters who live in France will firm up the details of what I am about to say. (Like Frankie)

    In France every small town has a "Nurse" often operating from their own homes who carry out small things like removing stitches, giving injections etc.

    Whilst in France I had to receive a course of injections and as we were coming home from the Med it meant every day finding one of these "nurses" for the injection. I did know what they were called then but since I have forgotten.

    But it was easy and nothing to worry about.

    Norman
     
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    I was hoping that Frankie may be able to help me but at the moment she is too busy enjoying her new toy :Laughing:
     
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    JJ is not new :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Have had stitches put in and taken out several times in pharmacies in France. Just call in and they will sit you down in the shop and do it.
     
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    A pharmacy may do it for you as it's nothing major and they offer services there that you would normally only get in the UK at a doctors surgery. If not and they feel you need to see a doctor they can easily point you in the right direction!

    Removing stitches isn't difficult but can be a bit awkward if you're not very dexterous however using a small scalpel (no pun intended! :BigGrin: ) or a craft/DIY knife (the type with snap off blade end) would do the job too, probably much easier than scissors anyway - just sterilise whatever you use first. The only caveat is if the wound hasn't healed as it should, or looks inflamed do NOT touch it but get it looked at as you may then need to leave them in longer and/or get some antibiotics.
     
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    Have a word with your own GP's nurse. They may be able to take them out before you go. I know that the advice is 7-10 days but it need not be hard and fast. It's worth asking if they'll take them out on 6th day. They can either say yes or no.

    Wyn
    (Ex A&E Charge nurse)
     
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    The nurse was there and said the same - in fact it was her who told me more about it than the doc
     
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    Just call into the local Tourist info office, they will direct you to the nearest nurse, or pharmacy who carry out minor procedures.
     
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    leave the stiches in long enough so that they go a little pussy (that's as in pus not puss :Wink:) and they will slide out with no problem......:Rofl1:

    as an ex-rugby player I was on the end of minor stitches many times - my missus always took them out.
     
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    Guess what the nurse told me NOT to do ............
     
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    to be honest, if you can leave them in so long that they do go a bit pussy, you're a better man than me. they will be sooooo irritating by that stage you'd rip them out yourself! :cry:
     
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    Do not take them out yourself - believe it or not there is a technique and it's designed to stop re infection. You do not want the exposed stitch
    • Going underneath the skin and introducing infection
    • Breaking underneath skin and getting stuck by the knot

    Best bet is as suggested go early and if not quite healed the nurse may be able to glue/steri strip
    Or
    Pharmacist abroad
     
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    Be kind. He may be talking haemorrhoids. :Sad:

    Ivy
     
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    and with good reason!
    Also there is more to it than just blindly removing the sutures. It ensures that the wound is adequately assessed and, if necessary, any further intervention required - especially to try to ensure that it does NOT become pussy!

    Wyn
     
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    Nah - he said it was on the top of his head - unless of course........
     
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    On the top of my head????? Now THAT would be interesting :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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