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Could I return to work after stitch removal?

Could I return to work after stitch removal?

Depends: That depends on why you had stitches, what type of work you do and what working will do to your healing. Your doctor can best advise you on this. For example, if you had major surgery there may be other factors beyond stitches requiring you to not go back to work for a while. ...Read more

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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Why is my laceration reopening after stitch removal?

Why is my laceration reopening after stitch removal?

Thanks for asking!: The placement of sutures deep to the skin surface depends on the location and extent of the injury. Removing the sutures prematurely in an area that is under tension may lead to separation of the edges, even with minor trauma. It takes 3-4 weeks for healing at the skin level usually. ...Read more

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What to do with stitches after cataracts removal that are blocking my vission?

What to do with stitches after cataracts removal that are blocking my vission?

Clarification: Stitches, when they are used with cataract surgery, are place out of the way of vision so they would not be interfering with your vision. Sometimes they can be tight which can cause astigmatism and if so they are easily removed. ...Read more

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Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal?

Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal?

Shave or excision?: Moles are either shaved so that no sutures are used, or excised in order to prevent recurrence but will require sutures. In both cases you want to avoid scabs by keeping the wound moist with ointment so it does not scab and dry out. Both techniques can give an excellent cosmetic result but depend upon where the mole is. ...Read more

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If you have scars from stitches, can they be removed? If so, how? And how "perfect" is the removal? Thank you.

If you have scars from stitches, can they be removed? If so, how? And how "perfect" is the removal? Thank you.

Not perfect!: I am going to guess that you mean the "dots" on either side of the main scar or the "crosshatching" that can result from stitches crossing the wound. The best technique would have to be determined by exam, but dermabrasion might help on the face. Excision of the entire area and then closing the wound with sutures under the skin and glue to avoid suture marks altogether might make sense. Good luck! ...Read more

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Removal of stitch marks completely in the forehead?

Removal of stitch marks completely in the forehead?

Not likely: Sometimes as the scar ages it blends in better with the uninterrupted skin. But will never fade or be the normal color skin again ...Read more

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So I'm on day 12 of having stitches in my fingers. 30 stitches total. They come out tomorrow. How important is elevation after stitch removal?

So I'm on day 12 of having stitches in my fingers. 30 stitches total. They come out tomorrow. How important is elevation after stitch removal?

Elevation: If you have swelling then when you go to sleep try to keep your hand above your heart (maybe over your chest). That way gravity will help any fluid drain out of your hand and back towards your heart. ...Read more

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Removed cyst from inner calves and wound re-opened after stitches removal. Will it keep bleeding?

Removed cyst from inner calves and wound re-opened after stitches removal. Will it keep bleeding?

Cyst removal: It may stop depending on how much it re-opened. If it is large it may need to be debriefed and have a secondary closure. ...Read more

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I'm having laproscopic surgery for gall bladder removal, will my wounds be glued or stitched?

I'm having laproscopic surgery for gall bladder removal, will my wounds be glued or stitched?

Ask your surgeon: After any surgery, wounds can be closed with suture or staples. Even with 'glue', there are typically sutures under the skin. ...Read more

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Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?

Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?

Probably: Probably yes, as long as there is no ongoing infection and the edges of the wound are not too far apart and there is no diabetes which would slow the healing process ...Read more

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What do I do if stitches come out 3 days after wisdom tooth removal?

What do I do if stitches come out 3 days after wisdom tooth removal?

At this point: At this point it might not matter. However, you should notify your dentist and ask when he\she wants to see you for a post operative visit. ...Read more

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Is it normal if my stitches are almost coming all the way out on my left side 5 days after wisdom tooth removal?

Yes: The sutures are normally removed t about 7 days. If the dangling suture is bothering you, call the dentist who removed the wisdom teeth to see if they want to see you sooner. ...Read more

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How would I know I ripped stitches in my gums after reverse root canal and cyst removal? Is it normal to now on day 3 begin to feel weird sensations?

How would I know I ripped stitches in my gums after reverse root canal and cyst removal? Is it normal to now on day 3 begin to feel weird sensations?

Look: You can see the stitches if you look in the area where the surgery was. Sometimes stitches do come out.
During healing your pain level should be decreasing. You may feel some itching or irritation of your gum tissue. What is the weird feeling you have? If you have swelling, numbness, increasing pain or any other concerns call the dentist that did your procedure. ...Read more

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I had an appendix removal and one of the dissolvable stitches hasn't dissolved. Its been 2 years. A little bit is sticking out and is itchy sometimes?

I had an appendix removal and one of the dissolvable stitches hasn't dissolved. Its been 2 years. A little bit is sticking out and is itchy sometimes?

See surgeon: See your surgeon. That is not normal. That wasn't a dissolvable stitch then or it's some fiber development in the tissue post-op. ...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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My stitches are bleeding a tiny bit after mole removal. Do I need to get it checked out?

No: It is normal for small blood seepage to occur after mole removal, especially within the first 24 hours after surgery. If pain, redness, or fevers, chills, or swelling occur, contact you physician. ...Read more

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5 days after wisdom tooth removal, ripped the stitches yesterday and now have severe pain in bottom right area what could this be?

5 days after wisdom tooth removal, ripped the stitches yesterday and now have severe pain in bottom right area what could this be?

Possible dry socket: Ripping the stitches could be sore but should not be extreme pain. You need to see your dentist and make sure you don't have a dry socket. A dry socket will not heal on its own. ...Read more

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Hello, I am 20 years old and on 22th July I had a mole removal on my back. Now I have 5 stitches. When can I remove them? Thank you

Hello, I am 20 years old and on 22th July I had a mole removal on my back. Now I have 5 stitches. When can I remove them? Thank you

Ask your MD: You should have a follow up appointment with your MD to check on the wound and remove the stitches. How long they need to stay in depends on where the wound is, how large it is, how much tension is on the wound and what size and type the sutures are. It is impossible for me to say without more information how long they need to stay in. ...Read more

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Had stitches last year due to salivery gland removal. At both the corners of stitches some keloid type thing is getting developed. How to get rid of it?

Had stitches last year due to salivery gland removal. At both the corners of stitches some keloid type thing is getting developed. How to get rid of it?

Scar revisions: In order to comment, a photo or exam is needed to determine where the scar is and see if plastic surgery is even feasible. You should see a local plastic surgeon or dermatologist to review your concerns. ...Read more

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After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

Return for follow up: Return to your treating surgeon for evaluation of the wound. If there are no signs of infection, he may be able to reinforce the closure with steri-strips to minimize further spread. He can advise you how to get the optimal scar. ...Read more

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Once stitches are removed after wisdom teeth removal can you eat burgers?

Once stitches are removed after wisdom teeth removal can you eat burgers?

Yes: You can eat burgers after your sutures are removed. Many patients eat their normal diet immediately following surgery while the sutures are still in place. ...Read more

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I got a wisdom tooth removal today and my stitches are gone when I remove my gauze. It is bleeding. Not THAT bad but still a lot what should I do?

I got a wisdom tooth removal today and my stitches are gone when I remove my gauze. It is bleeding. Not THAT bad but still a lot what should I do?

No worry: The stitches usually come out after 4 - 5 days, but it is not uncommon to lose stitches after the first couple of hours. A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is very common. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for thirty minutes. Repeat as needed. Take care. ...Read more

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Finger laceration had 6 stitches. Flap came up after removal. A steristrip fell off after 10 days. Flap is open with fatty tissue. Who should I see?

Finger laceration had 6 stitches. Flap came up after removal. A steristrip fell off after 10 days. Flap is open with fatty tissue. Who should I see?

The same doctor: Who stitched it. There is a few things he or she may be able to do. If complicated a hand surgeon or a plastic surgeon would be able to help. ...Read more