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Had a simple vulvectomy 5 wks ago-area of over-granulation tissue removed-no VIN. Wound healing well altho 1 stitch opened. Still have pain- normal?

Had a simple vulvectomy 5 wks ago-area of over-granulation tissue removed-no VIN. Wound healing well altho 1 stitch opened. Still have pain- normal?

Can happen but: not common in all , will heal in couple of wks, and pain will go away once heals completely , don't worry you will be fine. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

Wounds is also known as Injuries and wounds. A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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What do they do if a wound is too deep or too wide to stitch?

Heals from inside ou: Wound is left open to heal from inside out - sometimes with a help of wound vac. ...Read more

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I have a wound which is 1 cm wide and 5 mm deep near my big toe on the left leg. It was cleaned and dressed tightly. Will it heal without stitches?

I have a wound which is 1 cm wide and 5 mm deep near my big toe on the left leg. It was cleaned and dressed tightly. Will it heal without stitches?

Yes: In clean fresh wounds, we often stitch/suture incision together to minimize scarring. In older dirty wounds, we often leave it open to air (no stitches/sutures) to allow healing from within. This is more likely to cause scarring but we don't want close dirty old wounds out of fear of trapping bacteria in wound. So yes, wounds can heal w/o sutures but will take time & most likely end w/scar. ...Read more

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How to take care of a 1/4 inch wide and deep cut without stitches? It's been 3 days & the wider side of the cut isn't healed yet.

How to take care of a 1/4 inch wide and deep cut without stitches? It's been 3 days & the wider side of the cut isn't healed yet.

Careful cleaning: The greatest risk to wound healing at this stage is infection, and so with that in mind you must gently wash the wound at least daily with soap and water and keep it dressed throughout the day. Watch for thick drainage from the wound, worsening pain, or hot red swelling. There are special tape bandages made (e.g. steri-strips) which can hold the wound edges together without stitches if you wish. ...Read more

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Can a 1/4 inch deep/wide cut heal without stitches? Bleeding stopped after 5-7 mins and it's been 3 days but part of the cut hasn't healed yet.

Can a 1/4 inch deep/wide cut heal without stitches? Bleeding stopped after 5-7 mins and it's been 3 days but part of the cut hasn't healed yet.

Laceration: after three days of not being stitched the chance of infection I'd too great to stitch it now. It will heal on its own bug it will take longer than it would have with stitches. We like to stitch lacerations within 24 hours. ...Read more

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I got stitched a 3 CM deep wound 1 month and a half ago, and i still feel num a small area close to the scar. Is that common?

I got stitched a 3 CM deep wound 1 month and a half ago, and i still feel  num a small area close to the scar. Is that common?

Post injury Numbness: Yes, this is common. Nerves can be damaged during trauma. There is now some evidence that over a one year period the nerve may heal or grow back. It can be frustrating waiting for this, but there is nothing but the advice to let some more time pass. ...Read more

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Will i need stitches on a deep but not wide hand cut?

Will i need stitches on a deep but not wide hand cut?

Need an evaluation: If it is a deep cut, there may be damage to nerves and/or tendons. If more than about 8 hours old, it should not be stitched because of the risk of infection. I would suggest seeing a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Should my boyfriend have a deep wound- hole like need immediate medical attention? My boyfriend cut his hand with a scraper-like tool at work yesterday and I am afraid his cut might need stitches, however, we do not have any medical insurance and therefor

Oh : Oh my. It sounds like he has two separate injuries. The first issue is that he cut his hand deeply enough that you are concerned that he might need stiches. Usually, sutures are placed within 12 hours of an injury due to concerns about possible infection. Cuts to the hand can be quite serious, because of the way the hand is compartmentalized. An infection can spread quickly in the hand and cause loss of function. The second injury is a deep arm puncture wound contaminated by battery acid. You have done what is termed bathroom surgery to cut away blacked skin but could only debride to a certain level. His tetanus status is unknown. Signs of infection include: redness, swelling, drainage, red streaks, fever, warmth. Your boyfriend has two high risk injuries and uknown tetanus status. I really think that he needs medical attention. If he doesn't get evaluated and develops serious complications the cost physically and financially could be much greater. ...Read more

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An open wound on my for arm, its pretty deep and it was self inflicted, it needs stitches but i don't want to go to the hospital. What should I ?

An open wound on my for arm, its pretty deep and it was self inflicted, it needs stitches but i don't want to go to the hospital. What should I ?

See a doctor : The wound sounds deep so the potential for infection and further problems down the road is high- therefore you need to see a physician. Without seeing a physician- you will not know if it requires stitches, antibiotics, or even of there is tendon or nerve injury. ...Read more

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Had stitches removed yesterday. Wound is has split a bit. Not deep, just bleeding a bit. Will it be OK? Incision is on my finger over the last joint

Had stitches removed yesterday. Wound is has split a bit. Not deep, just bleeding a bit. Will it be OK? Incision is on my finger over the last joint

Be careful: immobiloze the joint, so you do not further disrupt the incision! Popsicle stick or small splint. Hold pressure until the bleeding stops! Steristrips may be helpful! Call the doc who did it for even better advice. ...Read more