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Could I return to work after stitch removal?

Could I return to work after stitch removal?

Depends: That depends on why you had stitches, what type of work you do and what working will do to your healing. Your doctor can best advise you on this. For example, if you had major surgery there may be other factors beyond stitches requiring you to not go back to work for a while. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopy done on Tuesday. I am due to return to work as a flight attendant on Sunday. I am concerned by this as I still have all stitches.

I had a laparoscopy done on Tuesday. I am due to return to work as a flight attendant on Sunday. I am concerned by this as I still have all stitches.

Call the surgeon for: Calling the surgeon will more likely get a pertinent answer to your concern since s/he knows more about your individual situations of disorders and procedures. In general, as long as being tolerable with pain, getting better without fever, & understanding realistic expectation as counseled before procedures, the stitches should not pose an hindrance for returning to work. Best wish... ...Read more

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Hi I'm 34 male and I had 14 stitches above my knee cap yesterday evening was wondering when should I return to work? I lift and bend alot I'm a laborer

Hi I'm 34 male and I had 14 stitches above my knee cap yesterday evening was wondering when should I return to work? I lift and bend alot I'm a laborer

Not for: At least 2 weeks, depending on depth, direction, and whether or not there is any concern for infection. Leave the stitches in for at least 2 weeks in that area, especially if there is a lot of tension on the wound. ...Read more

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Fell off 1 story building ER released me 9hrs ago after scans and a stitched lip. I have a concussion and broken teeth. When can I return to work etc?

Fell off 1 story building ER released me 9hrs ago after scans and a stitched lip. I have a concussion and broken teeth. When can I return to work etc?

Concussion: This will depend on the duration and severity of symptoms, persistent symptoms like headache or fogginess, etc. It will also depend on the type of work you do. It would be good to check with your physician if you have any doubts. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Had a pea-sized cyst removed from shoulder. 6 nylon sutures. Nurse left part of one stitch in during removal & said it'd "work out". Is this normal?

Had a pea-sized cyst removed from shoulder. 6 nylon sutures. Nurse left part of one stitch in during removal & said it'd "work out". Is this normal?

"Work itself out": This is not uncommon. Non absorbable sutures like nylon, your body will with time, sort of push it out. Sometimes it is more painful and cause more harm to try to take it out at the time of suture removal. It should be more visible within the following weeks. If it is not or becomes a bother, let your doctor know. ...Read more

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I got nine stitches in my hand five days now do I need to keep it covered now I'm back to work?

I got nine stitches in my hand five days now do I need to keep it covered now I'm back to work?

That depends: On what work you do. If it has been 5 days and you are working in a clean environment, then keeping the sutured laceration "open to air" would be acceptable. If you are working in construction, around dirt, and generally in an unclean environment, then it would still be wise to keep it covered. Generally, on the hand, the sutures should be able to come out in anywhere from 7-10 days. Good luck. ...Read more

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I got stitches monday on my thumb and middle finger. I work with seafood and constantly using my hands. When is it safe to go back to work?

I got stitches monday on my thumb and middle finger. I work with seafood and constantly using my hands. When is it safe to go back to work?

When wound heals: Wound should take 10-14 days to completely heal. Seafood puts you at risk for unusual infections such as mycobacterium marinium so wait until wound has completely healed. ...Read more

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Why is my laceration reopening after stitch removal?

Thanks for asking!: The placement of sutures deep to the skin surface depends on the location and extent of the injury. Removing the sutures prematurely in an area that is under tension may lead to separation of the edges, even with minor trauma. It takes 3-4 weeks for healing at the skin level usually. ...Read more

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What to do with stitches after cataracts removal that are blocking my vission?

What to do with stitches after cataracts removal that are blocking my vission?

Clarification: Stitches, when they are used with cataract surgery, are place out of the way of vision so they would not be interfering with your vision. Sometimes they can be tight which can cause astigmatism and if so they are easily removed. ...Read more

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Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal?

Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal?

Shave or excision?: Moles are either shaved so that no sutures are used, or excised in order to prevent recurrence but will require sutures. In both cases you want to avoid scabs by keeping the wound moist with ointment so it does not scab and dry out. Both techniques can give an excellent cosmetic result but depend upon where the mole is. ...Read more

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If you have scars from stitches, can they be removed? If so, how? And how "perfect" is the removal? Thank you.

If you have scars from stitches, can they be removed? If so, how? And how "perfect" is the removal? Thank you.

Not perfect!: I am going to guess that you mean the "dots" on either side of the main scar or the "crosshatching" that can result from stitches crossing the wound. The best technique would have to be determined by exam, but dermabrasion might help on the face. Excision of the entire area and then closing the wound with sutures under the skin and glue to avoid suture marks altogether might make sense. Good luck! ...Read more

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Removal of stitch marks completely in the forehead?

Removal of stitch marks completely in the forehead?

Not likely: Sometimes as the scar ages it blends in better with the uninterrupted skin. But will never fade or be the normal color skin again ...Read more

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So I'm on day 12 of having stitches in my fingers. 30 stitches total. They come out tomorrow. How important is elevation after stitch removal?

So I'm on day 12 of having stitches in my fingers. 30 stitches total. They come out tomorrow. How important is elevation after stitch removal?

Elevation: If you have swelling then when you go to sleep try to keep your hand above your heart (maybe over your chest). That way gravity will help any fluid drain out of your hand and back towards your heart. ...Read more

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Removed cyst from inner calves and wound re-opened after stitches removal. Will it keep bleeding?

Removed cyst from inner calves and wound re-opened after stitches removal. Will it keep bleeding?

Cyst removal: It may stop depending on how much it re-opened. If it is large it may need to be debriefed and have a secondary closure. ...Read more

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I'm having laproscopic surgery for gall bladder removal, will my wounds be glued or stitched?

I'm having laproscopic surgery for gall bladder removal, will my wounds be glued or stitched?

Ask your surgeon: After any surgery, wounds can be closed with suture or staples. Even with 'glue', there are typically sutures under the skin. ...Read more

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5 days after wisdom tooth removal, ripped the stitches yesterday and now have severe pain in bottom right area what could this be?

5 days after wisdom tooth removal, ripped the stitches yesterday and now have severe pain in bottom right area what could this be?

Possible dry socket: Ripping the stitches could be sore but should not be extreme pain. You need to see your dentist and make sure you don't have a dry socket. A dry socket will not heal on its own. ...Read more

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Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?

Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?

Probably: Probably yes, as long as there is no ongoing infection and the edges of the wound are not too far apart and there is no diabetes which would slow the healing process ...Read more