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how long should you wait to remove stitches from a wound?

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Dr. Ernest Isaacson
Podiatry 21 years experience
Depends: On the type of wound, location, and patient condition as well as other factors. In general can figure around 10-14 days.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Different timing: It is important to remember that part of healing is skin growth which occurs even over sutures. Of course, areas under a lot of tension need a longer time to heal. Facial wounds should have sutures removed at about five days and then steri strips used. Wounds under stress like the abdomen will need longer about 14 days. Remember, the skin makes us look pretty, not hold things together.

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