Interesting facts about laceration closure (stitches)…

Laceration-closure interesting facts…

  • Non-infected wounds (caused by clean objects) can be stitched up to 18 hours after the injury.
  • Head wounds can be st
    itched up to 24 hours after the injury.
  • Using potable (drinking) water instead of sterile saline to irrigate the wound has not shown to increase the risk of infection.  So, clean it out!
  • If your doctor wears non sterile gloves to stitch you up, that’s fine.  There is no increase risk of infection when a laceration is sewn up with a doctor wearing non sterile gloves versus sterile gloves.
  • You may need a tetanus booster.  So, keep a record of your last one.
  • Depending on where the laceration is, a different thickness and type of suture will be used, a different laceration-closure technique will be done, and a variable timing of suture removal scheduled.

The next time you see your primary-care doctor, ask them if you have a laceration can you call their office and will they work you in?!  I love to sew up lacerations in the office.  Of course, depending on the location and complexity, you may need to see a plastic surgeon.  But, call your primary care physician first.  It has the potential to be  a win-win situation: the patient may not need to pay a large co-pay for the emergency department and I love to sew!


About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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