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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. Joseph Mele
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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