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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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Eyebrow shaved by razor 2 months ago to stitch wound and the hair growth again but not like before, so how long shall I wait till get it as usual?

Eyebrow shaved by razor 2 months ago to stitch wound and the hair growth again but not like before, so how long shall I wait till get it as usual?

First,: Shaving eyebrows or any hair for that matter is not recommended for wound closure. Trimming is the acceptable method. Second, the new eyebrow will grow only very very slowly and may or may not resemble the un-shaved eyebrow. It may take up to a year. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get stitches?

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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How long should you wait to remove stitches from a wound?

How long should you wait to remove stitches from a wound?

Different timing: It is important to remember that part of healing is skin growth which occurs even over sutures. Of course, areas under a lot of tension need a longer time to heal. Facial wounds should have sutures removed at about five days and then steri strips used. Wounds under stress like the abdomen will need longer about 14 days. Remember, the skin makes us look pretty, not hold things together. ...Read more

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

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 more

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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?

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 more

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How long should you wait to go swimming after you get dissolvable stitches?

How long should you wait to go swimming after you get dissolvable stitches?

Until dissolve: If they are outside your mouth and exposed to the water, wait until they dissolve. Otherwise your wound may reopen or heal improperly. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Right hydroceletomy 2.5 weeks ago. Stitches have completely dissolved and wound is closed. Many doctors reccomend no gym for one month? Why wait longer?

Right hydroceletomy 2.5 weeks ago. Stitches have completely dissolved and wound is closed. Many doctors reccomend no gym for one month? Why wait longer?

Yes, you can...: This Q was answered, stating "okay to exercise" not long ago. Why? It is because exercise-related muscle vigorous contraction would not affect hydrocelectomy incision in the sac. So, exercise as long as possible discomfort is bearable. In other words, listen to your body. To explore life reality / self-care for future living, go to articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. ...Read more

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Eyebrow shaved by razor to stitch wound 5 months ago and the hair grow but not thick like before, how long shall I wait for complete grow?

Eyebrow hair: Growth is often reduced after shaving the hair for procedures like the one you had. Most likely, the brow hair won't naturally grow any more than has already taken place. You can try a product called Latisse (bimatoprost) (I have no financial interest in this). This is usually used to help with eyelash growth but can also promote your eyebrow hair to get thicker as well. ...Read more

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Could eyebrow hair removed by razor to stitch wound in child regrow after one year from the accedient, how long to wait to think in transplsnt hair?

Could eyebrow hair removed by razor to stitch wound in child regrow after one year from the accedient, how long to wait to think in transplsnt hair?

Should regrow: Hair growth can be a slow process but you should see some growth around the wound after a few months of the injury. Scarring may prevent full growth at the wound. ...Read more

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It is 2 months after shaved eyebrow by razor to stitch wound and the growth is sparse hair so how long to get be normal again?

May not: Eyebrows can be lost!
frequently, surgeons just separate the hairs and stitch between rather than clipping or shaving.
Discuss with your caregiver. ...Read more

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Do both rhinoplasty and septoplasty require patients to get stitches?

Do both rhinoplasty and septoplasty require patients to get stitches?

Not Necessarily: Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty can be done in an "open" or "closed" approach. In a "closed" approach, all incisions are made inside the nose and all the stitches will all be inside the nose. You will not get a scar on the outside. If this is an important concern for you, make sure you have a consultation with a surgeon who has a lot of experience doing the "closed" approach. ...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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How long after a cut can you still get stitches?

How long after a cut can you still get stitches?

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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Hi I have had my disk removed home the next day the wound is 2 inches covered with a plaster how often shall I replace the plaster and when can I get it wet its dissolve able stitches thanks?

Hi I have had my disk removed home the next day the wound is 2 inches covered with a plaster how often shall I replace the plaster and when can I get it wet its dissolve able stitches thanks?

Ask your surgeon: You should have received wound care instructions and activity restrictions from your surgeon. Every surgeon tends to have his own specific post op care routine that can vary from patient to patient for several reasons. I do not have enough information to guide you appropriately. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

Usually not: Usually bullet wounds are dirty. We usually leave them open to heal by secondary intention (from the inside out.). ...Read more

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I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after they're in?

I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after they're in?

Laser: Hi Kenneth! It's usually a fairly easy surgery. I use a soft tissue laser to remove mucoceles in my office. They usually heal with a few days and usually have very little discomfort after the procedure. I'm sure you would be able to see a dentist with a laser in your area. The procedure should take just a few minutes once you are numb. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How long are the stitches for the laceration wounds?

About 18 cm: The choice of suture material for your laceration is quite large. Usually the doctors choose sutures that are dissolveable/absorbable, so they do not require a second procedure for removal. The sutures are about 18 cm long to accommodate handling by your doctor. More important than the suture is the cleaning, protection and care of your laceration. ...Read more

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How long can I wait yo grt stitches on a cut on my finger?

How long can I wait yo grt stitches on a cut on my finger?

UPTO 24 HOURS BUT: Stiches can be given upto 24 hours after a clean cut (laceration) but one should not wait that long, if the cut needs stitches the sooner it is done better it is for healing of the laceration. ...Read more

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How long before I can wash my head wound with 5 stitches?

How long before I can wash my head wound with 5 stitches?

A week: As long as it is clean water you will be fine after a week. The stitches are usually removed after 7-10 days if the wound is healing properly. ...Read more

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For how long do I leave stitches on a cut wound on a leg before getting them out?

For how long do I leave stitches on a cut wound on a leg before getting them out?

2-3 weeks: Generally, sutures are left in longer the lower down they are on the body. Leg and foot sutures should probably be left for 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Hello, I cut myself on May 15 and received stitches. Wound is healed, am I still at risk for tetanus and should get shot? Help please.

Hello, I cut myself on May 15 and received stitches. Wound is healed, am I still at risk for tetanus and should get shot? Help please.

OunceofPrevention..: You are not at risk for tetanus from the injury in May, but if it's been more than 10 yrs since your last booster then it is recommended that you get the booster to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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How long can you wait to stitch a chin laceration?

How long can you wait to stitch a chin laceration?

I depends: If the injury is clean that is to say it happens in a clean environment and is wash and cover with a band aid I would consider closing the injury the next day. If it is a animal bite or an injury outdoors then it should be attended to asap. ...Read more

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How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch it closed. If it's a thorn injury, I probably would not stitch it, although obviously it needs to be seen first. If you are more than 10 years over due for tetanus, you should be boosted (re-immunized). If it was really a dirty wound, I would say 5 yr ...Read more

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I had a normal vaginal delivery no cuts, tears, or stitches. How long should I wait before resuming to normal activity/heavy lifting and pulling?

I had a normal vaginal delivery no cuts, tears, or stitches. How long should I wait before resuming to normal activity/heavy lifting and pulling?

Varies: That will depend upon your doctors instructions and preferences. Most patients can resume noraml activities after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery as soon as they feel comfortable. ...Read more

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Will paramedics stitch up a stab wound on the spot or wait till the hospital?

Will paramedics stitch up a stab wound on the spot or wait till the hospital?

Dressing only: Some advance practice paramedics (like Tactical EMS providers) or military medics in a military setting can close wounds primarily with suture/glue/staples. Otherwise, they stop the external bleeding, cover wound and apply dressing until in ER. ...Read more

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How long after getting stitches till I can get them wet? (i got 5 on my hand and I'm dying to wash my hand!)

How long after getting stitches till I can get them wet? (i got 5 on my hand and I'm dying to wash my hand!)

Sutures and water: They can be wet within hours of having the sutures placed. As long as the water is clean - ie washing or showering or swimming pools should be fine. Swimming in the ocean or rivers/lakes - probably not ok. As far as specifics for your issue - it should be safe - just "pat" dry. And avoid rubbing. ...Read more