I about freaked after liver surgery that I have about 70 staples. The last time (when the pump was placed in the abdomen), they used steri-strips and that worked fine. That was a large incision, too, but not as large.
I asked the nurse about numbing cream, she said, "no". Gave no rationale. I had staples after colon resection, small incision, and it hurt like heck. I'll probably take percocet.
Also, has anyone had a large incision and doc only used dissolvable sutures and steri-strips? I inquired and sounded like it's to each their own. Wish I had had a say-so in the matter. :/