wires? stitches? what?

Hello.  about 1 1/2 months ago I got a pacemaker.  I have healed well.  I noticed about 2 in apart i have 2 things protruding from my chest.  they look like wires to me or string?  just enough is out. they are perfectly the same. :/ I do not know what they are or what to do.  I just noticed them shiny in the mirror reflection when brushing teeth :/ 


what is this?

by chevy freese - 2019-01-03 20:13:43

just wanted to add these are white/shiny are not black like stitches :/   


by Tracey_E - 2019-01-03 20:25:28

My last stitches were white. Get it looked at, make sure there aren't any signs of infection. I had one poking out, we trimmed it down close, put a dab of polysporin on it and it was fine. But don't do that yourself! 


by donr - 2019-01-04 00:17:40

Yes, they ARE stitches.  You are one of those whoswe bosy does NOT absorb certain stitch material.  I am one of those, also.  They are usually very stiff & feel like wire.  They cn be a parthway  for infection, so keep them clean.  I do what Tracey does.  There is probably a knot just beneath the skjin, so thy will notr pull out easily.  Gently tug on them w/ a pait of sterilized tweexers to see if they will come out.  If not, leave them alone. The technical medical term for this is "Spitting Stitches."  I have spit them as much as two months post op.Yes, they get irritated. 






by Uelrindru - 2019-01-05 17:30:49

I was gonna suggest maybe there were steri strips. they didnt stitch me at all just the super butterfly bandaid strips and superglue. not gonna lie, that's the way to go if they can, that strips fall off, the scabs do to and your done.  surprised places still use stitches.


by dwelch - 2019-01-06 04:00:17

yeah I have had a stich or perhaps more than one get ejected.  I cant remember if it fell out before I went in there or they did it, pretty sure I did it.  you can just call them and get an appt with the nurse or doc, its not uncommon, you just want to make sure it doesnt mess with the healing/sealing of the area, dont want an infection.  

You would know it if it were a lead sticking out, that would be an ER visit not a think about go online and ask people thing.  A lead is a pretty decent size compared to a stitch.  

Mine have all been internal stitches that disolve (30+ years five devices so far).



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