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Is there a difference between stitches and sutures?

Is there a difference between stitches and sutures?

No: There is no difference between stitches and sutures. Stitches is just more of a lay term for sutures, which is more of a medical term. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sutures (Definition)

For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate ...Read more


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Why are there different kinds of stitches or sutures?

Why  are there different kinds of stitches or sutures?

Different healing.: Sutures are used to help approximate soft tissues. Different soft tissues require certain healing times (skin, mucosa, muscle, tendon) therefore it is key to have sutures that last different times. The biggest distinction is permanent versus absorbable sutures. ...Read more

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Will I have staples after hip resurfacing? What will the sutures be after hip resurfacing? Staples or stitches? .

Up to your surgeon: The choice of skin closure method is surgeon dependent. Many surgeons use skin staples, but more and more surgeons will use sutures under the skin and a medical "superglue" with steristrips to close their surgical incisions. Ask your surgeon re the pros and cons. ...Read more

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One stitch on cheek, wound not fully sutures due to it being from a dog. The stitch was removed yesterday what are the chances of it reopening?

One stitch on cheek, wound not fully sutures due to it being from a dog. The stitch was removed yesterday what are the chances of it reopening?

Depends: How long the stitch was in & how old you are important facts which you didn't provide. In general, however, stitches from facial wounds can be removed in 5 days without complication if the wound isn't around a mobile area like the mouth or cheeks. You can decrease the chances of re-opening by gentle, regular cleansing, light application of antibiotic ointment and, if near the mouth, a soft diet. ...Read more

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My op rpt say 3 bioabsorbable suture anchors containing 6 fiberwire sutures were used to bring the rotator cuff up to the tuberiosity.1or2 row stitch?

My op rpt say 3 bioabsorbable suture anchors containing 6 fiberwire sutures were used to bring the rotator cuff up to the tuberiosity.1or2 row stitch?

Cant be certain. : From the information provided, one can't say for sure. If you had a large rct tear, then it is likely a single row. ...Read more

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Had a pea-sized cyst removed from shoulder. 6 nylon sutures. Nurse left part of one stitch in during removal & said it'd "work out". Is this normal?

"Work itself out": This is not uncommon. Non absorbable sutures like nylon, your body will with time, sort of push it out. Sometimes it is more painful and cause more harm to try to take it out at the time of suture removal. It should be more visible within the following weeks. If it is not or becomes a bother, let your doctor know. ...Read more

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7 days ago all my top teeth pulled with sutures.today the stitches started falling out. I saw a big hole with a white spot in it.is it a dry socket?

7 days ago all my top teeth pulled with sutures.today the stitches started falling out. I saw a big hole with a white spot in it.is it a dry socket?

Post extraction: It is common for sutures to come out after about a week. This is part of normal healing. If you had a dry socket you would have intense pain. Since you didnot say anything about pain, it is unlikely that you have a dry socket. Call the extracting dentist with you questions about healing concerns. ...Read more

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Implant 7 days ago w/lots of graft & sutures. Dentist on vacation so won't remove (long-lasting) stitches as orig planned. Harm or cosmetic concerns?

Implant 7 days ago w/lots of graft & sutures. Dentist on vacation so won't remove (long-lasting) stitches as orig planned. Harm or cosmetic concerns?

When?: When will he back for suture removal? Another few days would be ok. I'd be concerned if longer. Ask his office for an appointment with the doctor on call. There has to be someone covering for docs on vacation. ...Read more

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Is there noticable difference in feeling after you had a testicular torsion surgery? Will you feel the stitches? Will you testicular still able to mov

Is there noticable difference in feeling after you had a testicular torsion surgery? Will you feel the stitches? Will you testicular still able to mov

Comfort: You will have some level of discomfort, which will diminish exponentially in a few days after surgery. The testicle is moveable to some degree, but should not rotate. ...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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How to make sutures dissolve faster?

Product specific: 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 it's 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 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 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 it's 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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How long do stitches need to stay in place?

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