Removing stitches is not a difficult process, but it is recommended that it is done in a doctor's office, according to WebMD. A doctor can check to ensure that the wound is properly healed and ready for the removal of the stitches and give the patient advice and information to minimize scarring at the site.Continue Reading
As stated by WebMD, removing stitches is a much quicker process than putting them in and is easily completed by a doctor who clips each thread near the knot and pulls it out. No anesthetic is used for stitch removal and there should be no pain; however, there may be a little tugging as the thread is pulled out.
The amount of time that stitches stay in depends on the part of the body affected, according to MedicineNet. With an ample blood supply and quick healing time, face stitches can generally be removed within five days, while stitches on most other parts of the body typically are removed within seven to 10 days. When a wound is under mechanical stress or when scarring is not an issue, stitches may be left in for longer; however, if stitches are left in for over one week, the risk of scarring increases greatly.Learn more about Wounds & Bruises
Surgical stitches do leave scars, according to About.com. The appearance of scars is affected by the patient's age, the color of her skin, heredity, how fast her skin heals, and how long and deep her incision is. However, scarring can be minimalized.Full Answer >
If the wound is deep enough to expose yellow, fatty tissue, it probably needs stitches, warns About.com. If the wound refuses to close or stop bleeding, it needs stitches.Full Answer >
The length of time that stitches should be left in depends on the location of the laceration and how much stress it receives, according to MedicineNet.com. A laceration on the knee requires that stitches stay in place longer than on the thigh because the knee stresses the skin by bending.Full Answer >
If it is certain that a wound requires stitches, WebMD recommends that the wound not remain open for longer than six to eight hours after the injury occurs. In rarer cases, a wound may be left open for 24 hours or not stitched at all so that adequate cleaning and antibiotic treatment can be performed initially to prevent infection. Clean cuts may be able to wait 12 to 24 hours.Full Answer >