The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: ibreakhearts66 on November 22, 2006, 03:28:41 AM

Title: steri strips
Post by: ibreakhearts66 on November 22, 2006, 03:28:41 AM
I just have a question re: steri strips and sutures. I know my dr is using steri strips, but I was wondering, for all of you who have been scoped, was that in addition to stitches? And also, for those of you who have had a meniscal repair with an incision for the repair, was the sutured, steri stripped, or both?
Title: Re: steri strips
Post by: knee deep in Goo on November 22, 2006, 03:38:38 AM
I had two stiches . one in each pothole..  After the stiches taken out. about a week.. Thats when the steri strips had been given ..

You will most likely have a big ace bandage.. around your knee.. and a gauze pad.. and .. maybe an Kyro cuff attached.   when you get out of sugery..

I was allowed to take a quick shower the next day..  I mean it was quick.. and I wonder how the hell I climbed into that tub to even take a shower

They will inject saline into your knee.. so you may have watermellon knee as well.  Just keep the ice on.. and the compression ice cuff on ..  if they send you home with it.. its the most lovely thing in the world. 
Title: Re: steri strips
Post by: kittent1211 on November 22, 2006, 03:41:37 AM
I had a couple of stitches but they were the kind that desolve by themselves.  I  also had the stri-strips.  My doctor changed those a week after my surgery and put new ones on and he told me to leave them on until they fall off on their own.
Title: Re: steri strips
Post by: Kai on November 22, 2006, 03:47:32 AM
I had steri strips on the incision made to harvest the patella tendon as well as on the arthroscopic portholes.  They got pretty ragged after a while.  I would clip the loose ends off with cuticle scissors.  When I took showers I would pat them dry as opposed to rubbing.  They were on for over a month and I am sure that is one of the reasons I have very small scars.
Title: Re: steri strips
Post by: Mandy on November 22, 2006, 05:15:49 AM
I"ve had steri strips for all 5 of my surgeries.  This was in addition to having dissolving stiches on the inside of my knee.   With my incisions from my TTT, I too had the steri strips with the internal dissolving stitches.  They were super easy to take care off and I didn't have to do anything with them...except wait for them to fall off!

Hope surgery goes well for you!