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Is there a difference between stitches and sutures

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
36 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No: There is no difference between stitches and sutures. Stitches is just more of a lay term for sutures, which is more of a medical term.
Dr. Craig Carter
40 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: Same thing, different names.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
These 2 terms are: used interchangeably.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Sutures: Yes, they are.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
27 years experience General Surgery
Different needs: Similar to the variety of fishing lines required for different application. Physical considerations such as the strength required, location of use, c ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
29 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Up to your surgeon: The choice of skin closure method is surgeon dependent. Many surgeons use skin staples, but more and more surgeons will use sutures under the skin an ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
10 years experience Family Medicine
Generally: yes it does get better in few days - weeks.
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A male asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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Depends: How long the stitch was in & how old you are important facts which you didn't provide. In general, however, stitches from facial wounds can be re ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Mahoney
38 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Cant be certain. : From the information provided, one can't say for sure. If you had a large rct tear, then it is likely a single row.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andres Sarraga
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
"Work itself out": This is not uncommon. Non absorbable sutures like nylon, your body will with time, sort of push it out. Sometimes it is more painful and cause more ha ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
No, permanent suture: Standard of care for testis torsion is explore asap, hopefully within 6 hours of occurrence. Untwist and 'pex' affected testicle with permant suture i ... Read More

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