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how long after getting an open wound cut do you have to get stitches

A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
29 years experience Emergency Medicine
6 to 24 hours: The risk of developing infection in a wound that is sutured (stiched) begins to rise when the suture repair is delayed more than 6 hours and rises dra ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
Excellent question: And a very interesting history too long for my 400 allotted characters. Please see this short monograph: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/956276 ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Lee
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Closure : I would not do that yourself- open wounds need medical attention and a professional to stitch it closed (may or may not be indicated). See a physicia ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
35 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Go: Get help both for the arm wound but more importantly to get help on why you would hurt yourself...See talk to your family and/or get immediate medical ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
29 years experience Emergency Medicine
6 to 12 hrs: The risk of developing infection in a wound that is sutured (stiched) begins to rise when the suture repair is delayed more than 6 hours and rises dra ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It is usually best to be seen right away. If the wound is clean or cleaned up, and depending on the locatin on the body, some physicians will allow u ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends on how dirty: Or contaminated the wound is. Closing a bacterially-loaded wound only puts a "lid on a garbage can" and often ends up with deeper tissue infection or ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Isaacson
20 years experience Podiatry
Depends: On the type of wound, location, and patient condition as well as other factors. In general can figure around 10-14 days.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
24 years experience Hand Surgery
12 - 24 hours: There is no muscle in a finger, so we have more time to reattach it. Ideally if the amputated part is kept cold, replantation will be possible for 12 ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
It will bleed again: and the wound edges will separate.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Lee
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends : Depends on the depth of the wound and whether there are any wound healing problems. For example, if the wound is contaminated or infected- the sutures ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
36 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Prophylaxis: A tattoo should be safe but depending on what type of surgery was performed you may need to take antibiotics before the tattooing to protect from infe ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Drainage: The telltale sign of a wound infection is purulent drainage ("pus"). Other signs include redness, swelling, a fever, the wound edges separating, and ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski
28 years experience General Surgery
No need to wait: There is no need to wait as hernia will usually heal in 6-8 was and your pregnancy will have no effect on the healing process.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
20 years experience Anesthesiology
No time: You could have surgery immediately after a tattoo if you wanted to.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Length more impt: Stitches are required when the edges of the wound or cut, cannot easily - naturally - come together or are on a stress area which will cause a cut to ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Bailie
30 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
A few weeks: In uncomplicated amputations, they should heal in a few weeks and then he should be fitted for a prosthesis by a qualified and experienced orthotist.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Depth: The need for stitches is determined if the wound would not otherwise heal together well without being approximated, such as in cuts that go into the d ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Dentures: I would check with my surgeon however i would wait until i can sit in the chair comfortably. You are young for dentures so please try and have some im ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Specializes in Ophthalmology
LASIK: With lasik, most people can go back to their normal activities within a few day, if not the day after surgery.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
4 days: Head wounds heal fast. Usually after a few days the dermabond will begin to peel off. Don't help it. Let it come off by itself.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Gaping & movement: If mainly depends on the location of the cut, the age of it, how big it is, how much it gapes open, and how much the edges move with the part of body ... Read More
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
DETAILS!!!!!: How old a wound? Exactly how did it occur? How deep? How large? After suture removal, how does it look? Sometimes this would be left open and lubricat ... Read More
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