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I have a laceration just below the wrist. how long can i wait to get a surgery?

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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: The laceration should be evaluated in the er or by your doctor. Often the skin is closed initially even if there is deeper injuries. A hand surgeon will usually operate on the hand or wrist in the next several days to repair the deeper structures. This allows you to have surgery on an empty stomach and with a well rested surgeon, both very important.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on injury: It depends on the level of contamination and the structures involved. Neuromas cult compromise may require immediate attention. Likewise with open contaminated fractures. Less complicated superficial wounds may be treated without surgery. Other conditions may benefit from staged surgical procedures with wound closure carried out immediately and more definitive therapy at a later date to repair etc.

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