I Survived Surgery #2

On Friday I had surgery; a debridement and re-closure of one of the incisions that wouldn’t heal after my bilateral fasciotomies back in August. A surgical debridement is when the doctor goes in and removes damaged and infected tissue helping the remaining healthy tissue to thrive.

If you read my last post then you know I was told at 5:15pm on Thursday night to be prepared for surgery Friday morning. I had not seem my doctor, I had only sent him a photo of the incision that wasn’t healing. He said he was 99% sure he would do surgery based on the picture, but somewhere along the night I convinced myself that he wasn’t going to do surgery. I don’t know why I did this, but it was a stupid thing to do.

When I arrived to the Lennar Medical Center on Friday morning I wasn’t mentally prepared for surgery and I was full of anxiety once I realized it was happening.

The anesthesiologist gave me a sedative before rolling me back to the OR which was much appreciated at the time. They gave me local anesthesia but also put me to sleep. The procedure lasted about an hour and then they woke me up inside the OR.

Since I didn’t go under general anesthesia I was awake from that point, and was dressed and ready to go home 30 minutes later.

My left leg was a swollen on Friday but the swelling has since come down. In the hours immediately following the surgery the incision area felt like it was burning, sort of like when you scrap your knee really badly after falling down, but since then it hasn’t hurt too much.

What was a total disaster was my body’s reaction to the anesthesia/medicine they used to put me to sleep. Last time, under general anesthesia, I didn’t have a reaction AT ALL. This time for 24 hours my body felt like it was traveling through hell. I slept pretty much all night Friday night, all day Saturday and all night Saturday.

I got up to try and eat twice but my body wasn’t having it. I was nauseous and just generally feeling unwell. Finally around 3am on Sunday morning I woke up hungry so I went downstairs and heated up some soup. I’ve felt mostly fine since then, although still a bit groggy.

Now the only thing I’m concerned about are the stitches. Last time the doctor used dissolvable stitches, but since this wound had trouble healing he put in regular stitches on Friday. I have never had stitches removed. I know it’s not supposed to hurt, but my mom told me a while ago that she passed out from having stitches removed once!

… omg!

Have you ever had stitches removed? What did it feel like? Was it painful? 



  1. November 20, 2017 / 5:03 am

    Glad the surgery went well! I don’t think Ive had stitches removed. Im sure it won’t be too bad after going through 2 surgeries!! Hope you heal up quickly.

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      I hope you’re right! I always tell myself nothing can be as bad as the compartment pressure test! I was wide awake for that and even with the lidocaine I feel like I felt quite a bit of pain. Then again I am a total baby about these kinds of things.

  2. November 20, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I’m glad you made it through the second surgery and that you are feeling better after having a bad reaction to the anesthesia. I have never had stitches removed, but I would imagine if feels like flossing? or maybe taking out earrings? Either way, I definitely would not watch!

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      I have heard so many people say it feels like flossing, I hope that’s true! Oh man, I am definitely not going to watch!

  3. November 20, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Boy have you been through a lot! What is the difference between local and general? If you’re put to sleep for both, what is the difference? I remember throwing up a ton after my knee surgery. I was very tired too but that was more from the meds. I had my knee stitches removed and I don’t remember it hurting but I’m sure it hurt a little bit. But I don’t remember it so it couldn’t have been too bad. What I remember is being worried about being late for work!

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      They said with general they have to put in a breathing tube to help you breathe, but with local they just kind of put you to sleep but you’re still breathing on your own. You also wake up from it faster. I think after general it took me almost 90 minutes to wake up, but after local I was wide awake as soon as they woke me up in the OR!

  4. November 20, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I feel so bad for you 🙁 Hopefully this time everything will heal well.
    I have had stitches removed a few times and it was different each time…I tend to fade out pretty easy when it comes to that kind of thing or get sick when I get nauseous, so I just try to warn them…
    It does kind of feel like flossing, but it is an odd sensation – some locations are more sensitive than others. Just try to breath through it and maybe take a small thing of oil like peppermint to inhale…kind of redirects your mind of you feel funky when they do it.
    Hope you feel better soon!

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      KAREN! Omg ahhh I don’t know if I can do it! I hope if I don’t look that makes it easier!

  5. November 20, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Oh man, sorry you are having a rough time. I have had stitches removed for my c-sections. It was just an odd tugging kind of feeling. Didn’t really hurt, but it was just odd to have my skin pulled like that. I remember when I had one of my c-sections I started feeling dizzy during the operation and they changed some setting when I told them, and immediately I felt better. It’s so amazing what they can do with anesthesia these days. Hope you are feeling better soon!!

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      AHHHH tugging feeling … sounds so weird! I am so nervous to have the stitches removed but also excited because I think I’ll be cleared to run after that!

  6. November 20, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I hope everything heals up well and fast for you this time! I’ve never had stitches (*knock on wood*) so I’m not sure, but I hope it’s painless for you!

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks Katie! I hope it is painless… I’ll find out on Wednesday!

  7. Susan
    November 23, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Such an ordeal for you but I do think this is it! I have had stitches removed–from my forehead when I was younger. It didn’t hurt at all! You are all healed up so you don’t even really feel it. I promise!

    • Kristina
      November 26, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      That makes me feel so much better! WOW from your forehead!