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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

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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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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 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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Day 11 being circumcised am I allowedd to get stitches wet?

Day 11 being circumcised am I allowedd to get stitches wet?

Yes: If you have further questions, check w/your surgeon. Enjoy your newly remodeled penis. ...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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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 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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Should I be concerned if my fiancee' got stitches in his finger today. Is he able to get them wet?

Should I be concerned if my fiancee' got stitches in his finger today. Is he able to get them wet?

Additional concerns: If he sustained a big and dirty wound and had just being stitched, he may need additional support including systemic antibiotics and tetanus shot. It is advised that he should not get wet where she had stitched and should use rubber globes. ...Read more

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I have stitches in my leg from a minor procedure. It's been about a week now, can I get the area wet in the shower and remove the plasters?

I have stitches in my leg from a minor procedure. It's been about a week now, can I get the area wet in the shower and remove the plasters?

No: No, if you are in a plaster splint and dressing, I would not take this off with out first checking with your surgeon to make sure it is ok. ...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 trigger finger surgery last Wednesday is it okay to get stitches wet in the shower?

I had trigger finger surgery last Wednesday is it okay to get stitches wet in the shower?

Yes: I let my patients get the incision wet 48-72 hours after surgery. However, every surgeon is different and it's best if you ask your surgeon what his protocol is as many hand surgeons like to leave the wound covered for up to a week. ...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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Laceration on the bottom of my foot. 1cm deep 14 stitches long. Will get stitches out in 12 days. When can I resume normal activity?

Laceration on the bottom of my foot. 1cm deep 14 stitches long. Will get stitches out in 12 days. When can I resume normal activity?

Once well healed: I would follow up with your doctor, it would certainly need to be well healed before you do much. It is also important to keep it clean and dry to decrease the likelihood of any infection issues. ...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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Had my baby last week. I stoppped bleeding and my stitches have all fell out and im no longer in pain. When can I get my Depo-Provera birth control shot?

Had my baby last week. I stoppped bleeding and my stitches have all fell out and im no longer in pain. When can I get my Depo-Provera birth control shot?

Anytime now: Some women actually get the Depo-Provera shot soon after delivery and so in your case you can get the shot anytime now. Consult with your doc. Good luck and congrats on the new baby! ...Read more

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I'm having surgery to get a swollen lymph node out. How long is it going to take to recover.? How long well the stitches be in?

I'm having surgery to get a swollen lymph node out. How long is it going to take to recover.? How long well the stitches be in?

Depends: Usually not very long for recovery, a few days to a week depending on where the node was. Stitches will come out 7-10 days later...Again depending on where. ...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