Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Permanent staples after breast cancer surgery
    deloyd60 posted:
    I have a friend whose mom is 73 years old and she had breast cancer surgery over 6 months ago and she has permanent staples. Has anyone heard of this or is something terribly wrong here. I don't think she went back to the doctor to have them removed. Her son is worried that something is not right. Help!
    jenna291 responded:
    Hi, they possibly could be dissolving staples. I do know people who have had those.
    I would have your friend reconfirm with the doctor just what kind of staples these are.
    Let us know!
    best -
    georgiagail replied to jenna291's response:
    Dissolvable staples typically dissolve within 6 to 8 weeks (sometimes longer). If these are still present at six months it is likely they are not the dissolvable kind and your friends mother needs to go back to her physician to get these checked out (it's surprising she did not have a follow up visit at least once or twice after this surgery).


    Helpful Tips

    How to more easily read discussions
    Exchanges provide a more dynamic way to keep up with ongoing discussions. But If you're finding how discussions and responses are ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    28 of 47 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health Breast Cancer Center