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What are the plastic strips left on my stomach following surgery?

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What are the plastic strips left on my stomach following surgery? Are they covering the incisions? Are they covering stitches that have to come out? Will they fall off on their own? Or does my surgeon have to RIP them off! OWIE!
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 11 months ago.

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Hi. Dr Rick here. I completed an Internal medicine internship in NYC and have two decades of clinical experience. How can I assist you today?

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Can you upload, using the paper clip on your screen, a picture of these strips?

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How long ago was your surgery? What was the surgery?

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I see that you are offline. I will switch to Q&A format. This format works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)


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Dr. Rick, MD : Hi. Dr Rick here. I completed an Internal medicine internship in NYC and have two decades of clinical experience. How can I assist you today?
Dr. Rick, MD : Can you upload, using the paper clip on your screen, a picture of these strips?
Dr. Rick, MD : How long ago was your surgery? What was the surgery?

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.

I'm working on the photo.....


I had lap band surgery. My surgeon said it was okay for the exterior bandage to be removed 2 - 4 days post-op, and those have come off.


Underneath is the so-called steri-strips, I think, that he told me to leave on until the follow-up visit.


I had my surgery one week ago.

Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 11 months ago.
Sara,

Ok. No picture needed.

Those are just kinda like "medical duct tape" Steri strips help to give the surgical wound strength. They will start to peel off in a couple of weeks. If they come off, no big deal. If they stay on for a bit longer that is OK too.

They are nothing to worry about and will not be on your skin forever.

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