Requested for, and received surgical staples instead of itchy stitches.
Loosening one staple overnight turning the bed into a Crimean war field hospital.
Wish I'd had staples in my foot after surgery. Ended up with non dissolvable stitches but everyone thought they were dissolvable ones, foot ended up pretty much absorbing them and turned into a disgusting, painful, infected mess.
That sounds spectacularly awful. Had a similar experience after ankle surgery with stitches going bad.
Hence the staples. Didn't matter in the end. Also went bad and the doctor dug through the mess and pulled them out with a pair of pliers.