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could doctors give an anesthetic while stitching a small wound?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Most often a: Local anesthetic is used for this situation.
Answered on Feb 8, 2014
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
A local anesthetic: is usually given just prior to suturing most wounds unless a single suture only is required. The discomfort from one suture is less than injection of a local anesthetic
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Most hospitals: Including emergency rooms are set up so the nurse can give you sedation while the doctor sews you up with local anesthesia. The local can be given though with a very fine needle but does burn a little when going in.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: A local anesthetic can be used to numb the area before stitches are placed.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014

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