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2 lower jaw dry sockets. 1 was packed & repacked & the other was packed once. DDS took out dressing & stitches. When can I drink through straw?
24 to 48 hours: The idea for not spitting and not drinking from a straw is basically for the first 24 to 48 hours after the extraction. At that point the blood cloth is formed and it's not a crucial factor anymore. ...Read more
Change bandage: Remove the bandage over the stitches, before showering, if you have been cleared to wash the surgical site by your surgeon. If the wound is not allowed to get wet yet, then do a sponge bath or try to cover the area with plastic wrap to keep it dry first. Do not keep a wet bandage on a healing wound. ...Read more
Three weeks post bunion surgery. Dressing and stitches were removed after two weeks and a boot cast was put on. Big toe feels like I have a blister?
Do u have stitches & a dressing on after having keyhole rotator cuff surgery? I know I will be in a sling 4 a couple of weeks.
Small incisions: Yes to stitches and a dressing on the surgical incision. There are lots of variation in the closures of surgical wounds, in addition to smaller incisions. Rest assured the sutures will not be difficult, most are self absorbing these days. Okay to ask your surgery team. Be well. ...Read more
Had an infected sebaceous cyst removed 2 wks ago. No stitches; daily dressings. Has been healing well. Suddenly, I notice redness around the wound.?
See the doc : That removed the cyst as it sounds like it is becoming infected ...Read more
How can I tell when my stitches are ready to be removed? They said 10 days but there is still some scabbing and blood when I change the dressing.
I had stitches under kneecap doctor wasn't clear as to how long to keep dressing on or if I needed to leave uncovered stitches were done October 23?
You can uncover them. Re-cover them if there is a chance they will get dirty. Otherwise, just keep it clean.
http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/taking-care-of-your-stitches-or-staples-topic-overview ...Read more
Broke/crushed tip of finger 1 wk ago-ER doc stitched & told me to change dressing in 24 hrs-was afraid to now it's stuck? Stitches due out in a wk.
Moisten: You may want to use warm water to moisten the wound so that you can gently remove the dressing. Let it dry and then apply a new dressing/ bandaid. It is important to change the dressing daily to monitor for possible complications and timely healing. ...Read more
Why is the pain from a dressing my doctor put on my shin getting severe and moving into my bone up from the wound? I had a severe crush injury to my left foot and shin. I have a laceration that needs a skin graft on my shin. The stitches have been out for w
You could be having a reaction to whatever was put on the wound yesterday, but the first thing I would be concerned about is it becoming infected. Infection would cause swelling, and in the presence of a compression dressing, this would certainly increase your pain on top of the usual pain from an infection.
If your doctor has office hours today, I would recommend you go there and wait, because he really must see you today. If he has no hours, call his office and let them know you're going to the er, preferably at the same hospital he or she is doing surgery today, so he or she can pop down to the er between cases and have a look.
Good luck. Hope this helped. ...Read more
Fold in the pleura: This is a knife-like pain that happens from time to many of us and taht gets worse as we breathe in. There are many myths, but what is actually happening is that the pleura folds on itself, like underwear might do. A very deep breath will generally end this, or it will self-cure. It's almost never related to disease and if you have no other symptoms, ignore it. ...Read more
If indicated: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more
It depends: Some stitches are made of material that dissolves over time, while others are designed to be permanent. You should ask your doctor to know for certain. You can't always tell just by looking at the stitches. ...Read more
Depends: Your doc should have provided you with instructions on how to take care of it. The problem is that it depends on the location of the wound, the type of wound and the type of repair done. Normally, there is a period after repair that the wound needs to stay dry and covered. After that exposure to water is recommended but when, again depends on the wound, location and type of repair. ...Read more
Gaping & movement: If mainly depends on the location of the cut, the age of it, how big it is, how much it gapes open, and how much the edges move with the part of body with the cut is moved. Get seen if concerned. ...Read more
Trust your doc: When you get stitches, the doctor will determine how long the tissues (fat, muscle, fascia, skin, etc) need to stay together to heal fastest and best. Each suture type has a time to absorb and lose its strength. Too long and scarring results. Too short and things fall apart. You really cannot make them dissolve any faster than they are manufactured to do so. Trust your doc and your healing. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on many factors. Where the stitches are. Stitches in the face can often be removed in about 5 days but stitches in the leg or over a joint may need to stay in longer. Wounds that have to be closed under tension or in areas of radiation or in diabetics often have to stay in longer. The bottom line is the doctor putting in the stitches is usually the best person to know. ...Read more
Usually : A brief shower is not only ok in most cases it may be recommended. The idea is to avoid over-hydrating the wound site as would occur if you sat in a tub & soaked it. That could cause the stitches to split open. ...Read more
Varies with location: Healing of incisions depends upon the richness of the underlying blood supply. In the head and neck, it is rich and stitches generally can be removed in a week or so. In other parts of the body the time needed is longer with the longest being the lower part of the legs. It also depends upon the tension that the stitches are holding. ...Read more
Wound care: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more