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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long after you get a wound that requires stitches can you actually wait to get stitches?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
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 up to 12 hours. Some longer. If the wound is dirty, a puncture or contaminated, get seen right away. There should be very few reasons to delay closure of a wound. Be very careful and cautions and err on the side of immediacy.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 32 years experience
18 hours: Up to 18 hours. If the cut is on your face, up to 24 hours.
Last updated Mar 9, 2020


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