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How soon after breast cancer surgery will my stitches be removed?

How soon your stitches will be removed after breast cancer surgery depends on your surgeon's technique. Some surgeons do not routinely place external sutures that would require removal. There are some circumstances that may necessitate this type of suture, but your surgeon may place dissolvable stitches under the skin that are not visible and do not require removal.

Some stitches are invisible and will dissolve over time. Others will be removed when you see your surgeon at the one-week-post-operative visit. If steri-strips have been placed over the incision do not remove them. They will fall off by themselves, usually when you shower.

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