January 2, 2012
Removal of the Dreaded Stitches!
As we reach the end of 2011, I thought I'd share some of my most popular blog posts. Recently, we took a look back to when my French Bulldog, Francesca, accidentally hit me in the face. Almost as popular as that post was this one, when I finally had the stitches removed. Please enjoy, and I hope you all have a Happy (and safe) New Year!
One week after receiving a powerful head-butt from Francesca, my beloved French Bulldog, it was time to have the stitches removed. Dr. William Nolan, the plastic surgeon who met me in the emergency room, warned that if the stitches were left in too long, they would start to leave a zigzag impression on my upper lip. Because of my busy work schedule, I didn’t have time to go to Dr. Nolan’s office in Mt. Kisco, New York for the removal my nine stitches, so I called Dr. Gerald Imber, in New York City, an internationally known plastic surgeon and asked if he would do the task. On Tuesday, during a lunch break, when I was in between television shows, I rushed uptown in the snow and icy rain to have the procedure done. Once the stitches were removed, Dr. Imber was very pleased with what he saw and thought that I would continue to heal quite nicely. Thank you again, Dr. Nolan, for your fine stitching job. Thank you, Nurse Nousha, for your fine stitch removal. Thank you, Kevin, for accompanying me to Dr. Imber’s office and for taking these photos. And, thank you all for your concern and good wishes.
1 Dr. Imber's nurse, Nousha, was very accommodating and gentle.
2 The nine stitches were definitely ready to be removed.
3 Dr. Imber's new offices are clean, sleek, and very beautiful.
4 Using a very sharp razor-like cutter and a fine tweezer, Nousha removed the stitches one by one.
5 This task requires very steady hands.
6 It was slightly painful and I was so worried that the wound would start to bleed.
7 The nurse proceeded cautiously.
8 She was really gentle and appeared very confident.
9 However, the pulling was a bit disconcerting.
10 My lips were dry and a bit scabby, making removal slightly difficult.
12 Removing the stitches from the actual lip area made me quite tense.
13 Just a few left
14 The stitches actually look like tiny odd insects holding my lip together.
15 I was pretty patient, but the nurse was even more so.
16 Taking a break and gently swabbing me
17 Back to work
18 I was becoming a bit more sensitive to the pain.
19 Looks like three more to go
20 She left two in, thinking that possibly I would have to keep them a day or two longer - not happy to hear that!
21 Fortunately, Dr. Imber came to the rescue and he said to take them all out.
22 The very last stitches to remove were both in the lip itself.
23 You can see just how tiny the little stitches and knots were.
24 Dr. Imber - a noted plastic surgeon, me, and the beautiful nurse - Nousha.
25 Our post-procedure official portrait
26 I have known Dr. Imber for many years. In fact, he was my Mom's surgeon years ago and he has performed 'work' on many of my friends. I have yet to have any serious work done, but one never knows.
27 One last check
28 Applying the Steri-strip, made by 3M, which will protect the healing scar, keep the edges together, and keep the wound free from damage.
29 Pressing the tape in place
30 I approve!!!!