A 20-year-old male asked:
i cut arm yesterday. is a small cut but is deep and it may need stiches. what happens if i don't get stiches? will it heal itself?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Leonard Grossman answered
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
It probably: Will heal, but how well and did you cut anything important like tendons or nerves. I would at least have a doctor evaluate it for your own good. Also, are you up to date on the tetanus?
Answered on Jun 17, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
Puncture wound?: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711. It may or may not heal properly. When was last tetanus shot?
Answered on Dec 27, 2017
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