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How Long After Getting An Open Wound Cut Do You Have To Get Stitches
Optimally ASAP : It depends on the wound, conditions, degree of contamination, tissue loss, exposed tissues, etc. It is best for a physician to make this determination. However clean body wounds are generally safe to close within 4-6 hours whereas clean facial wounds may be deferred for up to 24 hours. Dressing changes may extend this window. Some wounds are better left open to heal without stitches. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Passing hard stool and mostly 4 to 5 times a day having very pain in stool area and open wound of stitches after forceps delivery?
Simple Treatment: Stitches (sutures is the medical term) are used to hold different layers of tissues together to allow for healing in a non-stressed manner. Depending on the depth, a doctor may use absorbable sutures on the deeper layers to minimize the tension and allow healing to progress. Skin sutures should never be tight as the skin is there to make us look pretty, not hold things together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When did the stitching of an open wound/laceration first began being accepted and practised in the medical field?
Excellent question: And a very interesting history too long for my 400 allotted characters. Please see this short monograph: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/9562762. ...Read more
My father fell while drinking and now has an open wound, about an inch open. It is not bleeding that much, but it looks like it need stitches. What should we do?
An open wound on my for arm, its pretty deep and it was self inflicted, it needs stitches but i don't want to go to the hospital. What should I ?
See a doctor : The wound sounds deep so the potential for infection and further problems down the road is high- therefore you need to see a physician. Without seeing a physician- you will not know if it requires stitches, antibiotics, or even of there is tendon or nerve injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If HIV positive blood was on a surface, could someone get infected if they touched it with an open wound? How long does HIV live for outside the body?
Yes: But this would be extremely rare. Hiv will not survive long outside the body, but might if the blood has not yet dried up entirely. Why in heavens name would anybody touch somebody's blood on a surface with their own open wound? A very improbable scenario. But the answer to your question is that this is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on how dirty: Or contaminated the wound is. Closing a bacterially-loaded wound only puts a "lid on a garbage can" and often ends up with deeper tissue infection or worse scarring/healing issues. The "golden period" for fresh wound closure is longer nowadays, and longer for facial or scalp injuries, but recent studies show that most wounds can still be successfully closed up to 19 hours. Sooner is better! ...Read more
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