Stitches

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    Apr 12, 2007 3:41 AM GMT
    My workout routine has been messed up recently thanks to having a mole removed from my stomach.

    I'm not a newbie to having stitches - I had a melanoma in the center of my chest removed in the summer of 2005. I took a good two weeks off from the gym to let the 3-inch long incision with 20 or so stitches heal. Then I eased back into lifting. But even being that careful, the scar kind of "fishmouthed" and although it healed really well, it's not as "pretty" as I'd like.

    I had my stitches removed yesterday from this mole, but I'm going back in on May 8 to have another mole removed in the same area (they were "twin" moles that showed up at the same time...)

    Has anyone else had stitches on your stomach? How long did you wait before getting back into lifting? Did you still do cardio? Did you ever pull a stitch, or stretch a scar because you jumped back into working out too soon? Am I being too paranoid about messing up my tummy?

    Oh.. and the mole came back non-cancerous, so I'm ok on that front. :-)
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    Apr 14, 2007 4:23 AM GMT
    I'm surprised they had to stitch you up after a mole removal. I had a large mole removed from the center of my chest, and after cutting it off, the doctor chemically cauterized the wound with silver nitrate and sent me on my way.
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    Apr 16, 2007 5:11 AM GMT
    Wow. My dermatologist didn't even mention that. I'll have to ask her about it when I go back.


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    Apr 19, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    I've been stitched back together just about as much as Frankenstein, literally from head to toe... from surgeries to accidents...The scars can suck at times, no doubt, but they can also be hott war wounds, too! haha Keep sunscreen on it, ALL the time, and keep a good quality lotion or moisturizer on it as well. As for the methods doctors choose to put you back together, I personally think every doctor has their 'own' way they like to do things, and depending on the circumstance, some treatments may or may not be applicable... but it never hurts to ask what alternatives, the and - of each, are available.

    Keep it covered, keep it moisturized, and don't let it get any sun! It would suck to have a bandaid patch sunmark for a year, but I would rather have that than a scar that didn't heal right due to over exposure...

    GOOD LUCK!