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A 18-year-old male asked:

If i don't get stitches right away on an open wound cut. how long do i have until i can't get them no more?

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
6 to 24 hours: The risk of developing infection in a wound that is sutured (stiched) begins to rise when the suture repair is delayed more than 6 hours and rises dramatically after 12 hours. Most emergency physicians will not attempt to close a wound after 24 hrs unless the wound is very large or there are cosmetic issues such as with facial wounds.
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Depends on where: The longer a cut is left open before closing with sutures the higher the risk of infection after closing. Some areas such as the face have such an abundant blood supply that it may be safer to close an older cut than say one on the leg. If it is past about six hours it may not be advisable to close.
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TX
A 18-year-old male asked:

How long after getting an open wound cut do you have to get stitches?

6 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
6 to 12 hrs: The risk of developing infection in a wound that is sutured (stiched) begins to rise when the suture repair is delayed more than 6 hours and rises dramatically after 12 hours. Most emergency physicians will not attempt to close a wound after 24 hrs unless the wound is very large or there are cosmetic issues such as with facial wounds.
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Last updated Apr 9, 2016

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