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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sutures (Overview)

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 skull bones have fused.


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

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
272 Doctors shared insights

Sutures (Overview)

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 skull bones have fused.


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Small surgery on breast cyst, had an allergic reaction to sutures and they still haven't dissolved after 4 weeks. Should I tell my surgeon?

Small surgery on breast cyst, had an allergic reaction to sutures and they still haven't dissolved after 4 weeks. Should I tell my surgeon?

Ask surgeon: Minor surgical procedure on the breast usually leave a small cavity that is closed by approximating the edges the wound to minimize the space left by the cyst These are dissolving stitches and are gone by 4 wks. The skin edges are approximated by non dissolving skin nylons or a subcuticular dissolving (buried) stitch in 4 wks. If you don't see the sutures the surgeon will just watch. ...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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After a bilateral orxhiopexy how long does it take for the body to replace the sutures with a natural anchor for the testicles?

After a bilateral orxhiopexy how long does it take for the body to replace the sutures with a natural anchor for the testicles?

It depends: It depends on the type of suture used by your surgeon. Sometimes, the surgeon will use what is known as "non-absorbable" suture to perform the orchiopexy, and these are basically permanent. I would ask your surgeon. ...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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Why is it that sutures hurt more at night?

Sutures: When your day has calmed down and you are less distracted - you have more energy/ time to focus on the pain. ...Read more

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What are sutures made of? How do they dissolve?

Sutures: Read "How long will my stitches (sutures) take to dissolve? " (http://www. Nhs. Uk/chq/Pages/2608.aspx? CategoryID=69) ...Read more

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How much time does it take for sutures to heal?

Depends on where: It is not the sutures, they hold the skin edges together until it can start to heal--in areas without tension on them, it can be a few days. In areas with a lot of tension (like over a knee) it can be up to a couple of weeks the skin needs the extra support of the suture to get established. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sutures?

What is the definition or description of: sutures?

Stiches or fusions.: 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 skull bones have fused. ...Read more

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Self absorbing sutures- how long does it take for them to dissolve?

Depends: The time for dissolving sutures to absorb varies by the suture and on your body. It can take from three weeks, to three months to a year for complete resolution. ...Read more

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Does a wound need to be completely healed before removing sutures or not?

No.: Sutures should be removed at various times depending on their location and recommendation by physician and the would will have enough strength to generally remain closed but will not be completely healed. Complete healing and remodeling can take up to a year. If sutures are left in too long they become a source of infection as they represent a foreign body. ...Read more

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Sutures removed 8hrs ago, where sutures where feels like its being stabbed with a rusty knife, is this normal?

Not normal: After removal of sutures the involved area should feel like it did before the sutures were removed. If there is a new pain it's possible there could be a wound infection or some other cause. See your physician ...Read more

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Will gauze stick to sutures?

Yes, it can.: If there is drainage out of the wound, then gauze will stick to sutures or staples. ...Read more

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Can sutures be left in too long?

Can sutures be left in too long?

Yes: That is possible. Sometimes skin can grow over them. ...Read more

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What sutures are used for skin closure?

What sutures are used for skin closure?

Skin sutures: Depends on what you are suturing. Use smaller ones on face and eyes. ...Read more

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Non-absorbable sutures ever cause a problem?

Foreign bodies: Non absorbable sutures are used the doctor is concerned about the tissues in the area and their ability to heal. Commonly on skin to protect against trauma and then removed when doctor feels healing has occurred. Left too long and scarring worsens and foreign body reactions like infection can occur. Too short and the tissues may separate. The key is knowing when to use them and remove them. ...Read more

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Help doctors! What're the two kinds of sutures?

There are many types: Of sutures. Perhaps you are referring to dissolvable versus non-absorbable sutures. ...Read more

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Do all frenectomies require the use of sutures?

Frenulectomy: I like to use the absorbable sutures i. Order to ensure that the cut edges do not bleed. There is usually a small vessel that sits in the edge of the mucosa. Usually this procedure is done on young kids and the child and the young parents would get terrified if there was any bleeding post op. Plus the area heals better and faster with sutures. Good luck! Hope that helped. ...Read more

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How long do doctors usually leave your sutures in?

Variable: Sutures removal is determined by a # of factors such as where the wound is, if the person has problems with delayed healing, if is impacted by a joint, how deep it is, etc. In general, facial sutures may be removed after 4 to 5 day. Extremities – usually around 15 days. Other sites – around 10 days. ...Read more

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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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For how long do short term absorbable sutures last?

Sutures: Read: "How long will my stitches (sutures) take to dissolve? " (http://www. Nhs. Uk/chq/Pages/2608.aspx? CategoryID=69) ...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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How much time does it take to absorb absorbable sutures?

Sutures: See: How long will my stitches (sutures) take to dissolve? (http://www. Nhs. Uk/chq/Pages/2608.aspx? CategoryID=69) ...Read more

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Which sutures do you use for vaginoplasty and which thread you use.?

Monocryl & Vicryl: I use vicryl 2-0 for fascia and muscle, 3-0 for vaginal mucosa and reaproximation of perineal body. 4-0 monocryl for subcuticular closure of perineal body skin. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic absorbable sutures?

Synthetic: Absorbable sutures will break down without intervention. Thus they don't need to be removed. This can be especially helpful internally - so the body does not need to be opened back up to remove them. Some of the synthetic sutures can be very strong. ...Read more

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What happens when non-absorbable sutures were not completely removed by med student?

What happens when non-absorbable sutures were not completely removed by med student?

Mostly okay: I am assuming you are talking about sutures on your incision. I have seen patients with retained sutures for years without any problem but some do get an infection or suture granuloma that requires the removal of any foreign body in order to heal. ...Read more

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I received sutures Monday and today (tues) I was allowed to clean and re-cover the wound, tonight I noticed bleeding through my bandage, is this ok?

I received sutures Monday and today (tues) I was allowed to clean and re-cover the wound, tonight I noticed bleeding through my bandage, is this ok?

Common: This is not uncommon, and is probably normal as long as it's not excessive. If you're concerned something is "wrong", call the doctor, clinic, or ER and ask them if you can come and get it checked out. Alternatively, you could call your primary care doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the surgical sutures made of?

Different things: Sutures are generally broken down in categories, such as braided vs monofliament and permanent vs absorbable. Nylon is an example of a permanent monofilament. Silk is a permanent braided suture. There are also braided and monofilament absorbable sutures that are engineered from different materials. Sometimes wire is even used, but not as much as in the past. ...Read more

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How long can you delay sutures on a cut?

Do not delay: Sutures should be put in within the first 8-12 hours. If you wait longer there is higher chance of infections and the wound may need to be left open to heal. ...Read more

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Can I be having a reaction to surgical sutures?

Can I be having a reaction to surgical sutures?

Possible: Most of the current surgical sutures are made of synthetic material like glycol polymers, usually do not give reactions, in very few allergy to the chemicals is possible. But biological sutures used less often like ' cat gut ' made from bovine intestines possible to have inflammatory reaction in rare instenses. ...Read more