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Is there a difference between stitches and sutures

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
35 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.

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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
These 2 terms are: used interchangeably.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Sutures: Yes, they are.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
26 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Levens
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
The same: Anytime the skin is penetrated or opened a wound is created. This can vary from a puncture wound to a large deep opening. "broken skin" can occur fro ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Bruise/hematoma: A bruise is a discoloration of the skin due to leakage of blood from a small blood vessel or capillaries (usually due to trauma). A hematoma is the s ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Well: Probably none - to repair the meniscus they shave off the torn part. The never completely remove it they try to keep as much as they can.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Laceration: Both can be used interchangeably.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
External: Keloid is external thickenig of skin. An adhesion is scar tissue inside form surgery.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Probably: Yes, it is quite likely from superficial contamination and repeated trauma or from bacteremia, that subcutaneous or intradermal implants are associat ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Semantics: Debridement is the removal of dead, damaged or diseased tissue from a wound. It can be done in several ways. If you use a knife, this is "sharp" debri ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
41 years experience Dentistry
None removal: Surgical extraction involves some bone removal in order to extract the tooth. Alveoplasty involves removing and reshaping the bone around the extracti ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Scar tissue: Mole is a growth made of pigment cells. A keloid is thickened skin from over production of collagen, at a site of acne surgery or piercing.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience Pediatrics
It is similar: Punturing is done with a needle, but can be done by the tip of the blade as well, Lancing involves a smaller linear cut, for which a knife or calpel i ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Sutures: Absorbable sutures, like vicryl, dissolve in the body over time. Non-absorbably sutures, like prolene, do not dissolve. If you came back in 10 years, ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear surgery: The difference is limited. A myringoplasty involves a surgery to just the tympanic membrane or ear drum. A tympanoplasty involves examining and insp ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
Big difference: know the word origins ectomy = cut tendon = soft tissue attachment from muscle to bone onych = nail tendonectomy - tendon cutting the more common ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Feder
43 years experience Podiatry
"Ectomy" = Remove: A "tendonectomy" is the removal of a Tendon. An "onychectomy" is the removal of a Nail.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Semantics: Both are operations to fix the ear drum. Myringoplasty is typically used to describe minor procedures to patch a small hole in the tm (say from a tub ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Lots: A lap band is a band that is placed around your stomach to limit the size of your stomach, making you feel full sooner. You eat less and thus lose we ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Same thing: All injuries heal with a scar, which is a normal healing process. Occasionally scars develop abnormally and become thick and hard - this is called a h ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
A cheilectomy : Is when the doc simply removes some spurring and this is usally for a hallux limitus deformity. With hallux limitus the spurring is usually dorsally. ... Read More
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