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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?

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

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Wet dressing over stitches when showering. What to do?

Wet dressing over stitches when showering. What to do?

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

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Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Ointment: Apply some ointment (does not necessarily need to be antibiotic ointment) and cover. You don't want it to actually be wet with water. ...Read more

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Wet dressing ok over stitches?

Wet dressing ok over stitches?

Generally no: Keep dressings over healing wounds dry. If the bandage gets wet, change it. You can apply something like neosporin lightly over the wound for added protection. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Your surgeon can say: Stitches bring together the skin so that the wound can heal without a wide open scar. How long they stay depends on the type of suture material and if the wound appears sealed. The scabbing and blood are not really as important in determining the length of time. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Stitches: You can uncover them. Re-cover them if there is a chance they will get dirty. Otherwise, just keep it clean.
Additional care:
http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/taking-care-of-your-stitches-or-staples-topic-overview ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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 : 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

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What's stitch in side?

What's stitch in side?

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

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Is it okay to get stitches?

Is it okay to get stitches?

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

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Who will stitch me if I tear?

Who will stitch me if I tear?

Your doctor: Your OB or midwife will do any repair you need. Occasionally, your provider isn't comfortable with the kind of tear you have and will call in a specialist to assist them or do the repair. ...Read more

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When is it ok to get stitches wet?

When is it ok to get stitches wet?

In general about: 48 hours after sutures have been applied after surgery. Please ask your doctor for definitive directives. Take care. ...Read more

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Could having stitches removed hurt?

Could having stitches removed hurt?

Most often: It is either slightly uncomfortable or there is no discomfort. Occasionally there is pain if the sutures were left in too long. Usually it is pretty easy and painless. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get stitches?

If you need sutures: For a laceration — don't wait. Seek medical attention promptly ...Read more

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Do I have to get my stitches taken out?

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

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Hi, how to clean a stitched/glued area?

Hi, how to clean a stitched/glued area?

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

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How do you know if a cut needs stitches?

How do you know if a cut needs stitches?

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

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What does having a permanant stitch mean?

What does having a permanant stitch mean?

Some suture material: Is meant to slowly dissolve and other must be removed or it is permanently in your body, although it's not really permanent either ...Read more

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How do I get my stitches to heal quickly?

How do I get my stitches to heal quickly?

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

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How long till you should get stitches out?

How long till you should get stitches out?

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

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Can you take a shower if you have stitches?

Can you take a shower if you have stitches?

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

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How long do stitches need to stay in place?

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

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How do you know if they cut needs stitches?

How do you know if they cut needs stitches?

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

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Could it be bad to take my own stitches out?

It is best to: Have the medical staff do it — that way they can check to see how your wound is healing and ensure that there are no signs of infection. ...Read more

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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