What do internal stitches look like?

So, you’ve just undergone a surgery and are curious to know what your internal stitches look like? Should you imagine tiny cute sewing thread-like structures holding you together inside or something more grotesque? Fear not, my friend! In this article, we’ll dive deep into the world of internal stitches and explore everything about how they look.

What Are Internal Stitches?

Before we talk about what they look like, let’s understand what internal stitches are. Internal stitches refer to sutures that are used in surgeries or incisions made in body tissues beneath the skin surface. Unlike external incision closures (where adhesive bandages/cloth tapes come into play), where skin surfaces can be sutured using steri-strips or staples; when it comes to internal wounds or cuts that occur during operations, these invisible stars save the day by keeping our bodies intact.

The Different Types Of Sutures Used

Sutures or ‘stitching materials’ for general use include mainly three different types – plain gut (reabsorbed within two weeks), vicryl (processed-out completely after 4 months) and prolene (non-absorbable- requires manual extraction).

Plain Gut Sutures

Plain gut sutures work quite fascinatingly- coming from animal intestines where collagen is extracted which has certain biological properties similar to human tissue fibers stimulate healing activity at least until being absorbed after some days.

plain guts
Fig.: Plain Gut sutures under magnification

Vicryl & Prolene

Vicryl, on the other hand(,) does not require removal(while)prolene do(es). Both have unique features such as being strong and antibacterial. Prolene is also the most durable of all! So you can be assured that your surgeon picked sutures according to your body’s needs.

The Visual Representation Of Internal Stitches

Let me tell you this -if there was ‘Miss Universe’ of Operative Technologies; internal suturing would’ve certainly been amongst the top 5 finalists!

Metaphorically Speaking

To give you a clear idea, imagine Christmas decorations- you know how strings are hung on trees and then another (set) of strings intersect with each other, which strengthens them even further? This is very similar to what’s happening inside our bodies after surgery – only it’s done with beautiful suture materials like vicryl or prolene.

Magnified Sutures: In Pictures

If reading about decorating tree analogies doesn’t cut it for ya and if imagery particularly piques your interest, come explore some real pictures:

Internal stitches illustrtion

Fig.: Illustration comparing two alternative techniques in surgical procedures

Human Tissues After Internal Stitching

Surgery may sound scary but healing takes time and depending on one’s span for visual description, seeing images could help alleviate anxiety overtime indeed (bringing) more peace during recovery. Like these beauties below:

Before Surgery After Surgery
Human tissues before sugery Human tisssues after surgery
Image of human tissue before surgery. Image by [Myriams-Fotos](https://www.pixabay.com/users/myfotologisch-719936/) on Pixabay Image of surgically repaired human tissue following a wound.Image by FirmBee(h)(ttps://pixabay.com/users/firmbee-663163/) on Pixabay


In plain language, the stitches you have internally if required after surgery cannot precisely be seen without medical equipment or magnification devices; however, they look like any other man-made string/rope with which one would tie things off (such as in cooking!) and keep them together. Depending upon whether your sutures are absorbable/non-absorbable materials would influence removal post-healing along with instructions from healthcare professionals.

So folks that’s all about internal stitches for today! Remember to rest up (plenty) -you have some healing to do!

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