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Does it hurt to have staples removed?

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Having staples removed should not be very painful. Most people only experience slight discomfort, and many compare it to the feeling of a light pinch; some people report feeling nothing at all. If a staple becomes crooked in the skin, it can be more painful to remove.

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Getting staples removed usually takes between one to five minutes, depending on the length of the wound and the number of staples involved. Staples are removed with a special remover that opens the staple fully before it is pulled out of the incision, which is why the skin is not damaged by the removal.

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