Is it negligence for a surgeon to refuse to take out their patients stitches/staples until their bill is paid in full?
No, As far as i know stitches and staples are use to close the wound. It will only take out if the wound is totally healed, allyou can do is clean it and replace new bandage.Most of the time, stitches are removed:
From the face in 4 to 5 days.
From the hands and arms in 5 to 10 days.
From the feet, legs, chest, abdomen, and back in 7 to 14 days.
Over a joint in 7 to 14 days.
Or is this simply unethical?
If you think it is, report it
Patient is not suffering further injury....yet.
Just kip on observing and ask doctor advice on how to take care of it.
"Dont rely on the information given without seeking professional advice"