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Question: Will riding a roller coaster harm recent stitches?

 skippy2445 - Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:52 pm

I had minor surgery (a potentially cancerous [but ultimately not cancerous] mole was removed) on Wednesday and now have five stitches in my arm as a result. The stitches will be removed next Wednesday... but I have plans to go to Six Flags tomorrow (Saturday). Since roller coasters don't involve arm movement and what not, I don't THINK riding on them will be an issue as far as the healing process goes for my stitches, but I wanted to check to make sure, especially since Six Flags has some intense roller coasters.

Will my stitched wound still heal properly if I go on a bunch of roller coasters tomorrow?

Thanks in advance!
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:18 am

User avatar Hi,
Although you seem to be too confidant that no arm movement occurs during a roller-coaster ride, you may not be entirely right.Some arm movements can potentially occur(consciously or unconsciously). Also, sudden grasping of the restraints may occur, resulting in bulging of the muscles, thereby increasing the girth of the limb and straining the suture line adversely. Another factor is the arm movements of the person next to you(on whose movements you may not have any control!).

I would tend to dissuade you from undertaking the ride till the sutures are out. For the present, you may undertake the ride at your own risk only.
Best wishes!

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