When his leg wouldn’t stop itching in the same spot, one man became annoyed enough to do some further investigation. That’s when he found a stitch that had been in his body for three years and started pulling.
In recent years, videos of people popping zits and removing blackheads have become overwhelmingly popular on social media, with many of the clips racking up hundreds of thousands — sometimes even millions — of views. There are now even entire YouTube channels dedicated to this, like Dr. Pimple Popper, which has more than four million subscribers.
For some, watching videos of others picking at their skin is strangely entertaining, while others find it so cringe-worthy that it is oddly satisfying. But one thing is for sure — some people can’t seem to get enough of the footage that involves popping, pulling, or poking the skin.
One such clip which has gone viral shows a man pulling a three-year-old stitch out of his own leg after it was left inside of him by doctors who performed a surgery. The Memphis, Tennessee man was involved in an accident that required him to receive over 100 stitches in one leg alone. And, unfortunately, not all of them were removed by doctors at his follow-up appointment.
Most sutures are removed after several days or weeks following the initial procedure. But, in this poor guy’s case, some of his stitches somehow remained inside his leg for three years, with no one the wiser. Then, his leg began to itch in one spot in particular. It eventually got so bad that he thought he’d break his skin from scratching it so hard.
Although some stitches are designed to be internal and absorbed into the skin with time, this one was apparently not. “Nonabsorbable stitches should be removed several days to weeks after their placement, depending on their location,” according to the Encyclopedia of Surgery.
“For instance, sutures on the face should be removed in approximately 5 days; sutures on the legs and abdomen, in 7 to 10 days; and sutures on the back, in 10 to 14 days,” adds the Encyclopedia. “Strips of adhesive tape may be placed over the wound to help support the tissue while it is healing.”
The unnamed man from Memphis ended up removing eight stitches from his leg in all. The video of the incident, which shows the removal of one of those stitches, went viral, with viewers in disbelief that something so large had been hiding out in his leg for so long.
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