I went in this morning to get my staples out. The first one hurt, but after that, it just felt like a pinch. The tool he used looks like a dull pair of scissors. He puts the blade in the middle of the staple and closes the “scissors” and the sides of the staple just pop up and he pulls it out the rest of the way. I now just have steri-strips over the incision. I can shower with them on, just can’t scrub it. Still no bath, hot tub, or swimming until it is completely healed.