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A 20-year-old member asked:

what do they do if a wound is too deep or too wide to stitch?

6 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Ohanswered
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends on the wound: A deep wound can be sutured in several layers. Wound that is too wide is sometimes left to heal on its own or plastics surgeons will use a flap. An infected wound is usually left open to heal by itself.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Wound Closure: If you have a wound that you believe is too deep or wide, you should be seen by a professional either in an emergency dept or urgent care setting. I cannot think of a wound too deep. If it is a deep wound, it can be sutured in layers. As for too wide, wounds to wide can be approximated and closed by secondary intention or may even require a skin graft.
Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Wound care: See a wound care doctor. With good nutrition and care it will close.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Heals from inside ou: Wound is left open to heal from inside out - sometimes with a help of wound vac.
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lalanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Laser treatment: In one of my cme course at harvard medical school, 'structural acupuncture for physician' they have mentioned that laser beam at certain wave length helps wound healing. I have tried on not so deep, but more than skin thickness, involving fascia did heal quicker. But I have not attempted on larger and deeper wounds.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
Age? Cause?: A wound may be too old to stitch also. In wound care we encourage a wound to fill itself by carefully controling how moist it is and protecting it with many possible dressings possibly including suction. A simple but deep one may need deep and superficial sutures while a surgeon may essentially change the alignment of parts of a wider area of tissue to enable closure . Called flapping or bring.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can I do anything to help my wound heal faster?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Wound healing: It is too difficult to answer your question without more information. Cause, location, associated factors (like leg swelling with a leg ulcer), lifestyle...Are all factors in the healing of a wound.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Yes: Adequate blood flow is a vital component for any type of wound healing. Normal blood flow delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to the wound, which help it heal in a timely manner. Smoking chronically reduces the amount of blood flow to the wound and deprives it of oxygen and nutrients. Toxins in tobacco products prevent the cells involved in wound healing from doing their job properly.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it good for wounds to heal in a moist environment?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
It depends!: Some wounds, such as those in the mouth or in the gastrointestinal tract, heal quickly because of the moist environment. However, most surgical wounds involving the skin heal best if kept dry, or are moistened only by antibiotic ointment.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What happens if a large wound isn't stitched closed?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Heal slower: A large gaping wound will take longer to heal. If a doctor determines it is safe to close a wound with stitches, it will then heal faster.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can one care for a wound in which shiny whiteness is observed?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Hard to say: This sounds like the wound is covered with fibrin. Remove this tissue gently and then apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with some type of a secondary dressing. If no better see a wound care specialist.

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