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

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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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Deep cut, joint of my finger, it was glued 10 days ago, bandage off, wound had been reopened, now scarring across the gap, too late for stitches? Scar

Deep cut, joint of my finger, it was glued 10 days ago, bandage off, wound had been reopened, now scarring across the gap, too late for stitches? Scar

Probably too late: It is probably too late for stitches at this time and probably better to allow it to heal and perform light massage to promote maturation of the scar tissue. I assume from the initial repair that no deep tissues were injured. ...Read more

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Have deep stab wound that doesn't look infected but is still seeping fluids. Waited too long for stitches. No free clinics here. Is it safe to bathe?

Have deep stab wound that doesn't look infected but is still seeping fluids. Waited too long for stitches. No free clinics here. Is it safe to bathe?

Dangerous: This sounds like it could be a very dangerous situation, because you haven't shared the location or extent of your injury. So, I don't know what those fluids are or where they are coming from. In order to assess your injury and answer your question, you really need to be seen. You could go to a county health clinic, an urgent care center, or even an er and let them check this out. Be well. ...Read more

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After slip & fall 4 months ago, got right thumb deep wound ER stitched, no fracture but pain numbness. Even with nerve med, therapy no recovery yet.

After slip & fall 4 months ago, got right thumb deep wound ER stitched, no fracture but pain numbness. Even with nerve med, therapy no recovery yet.

Be patient: An injury to the digital nerve may take months to years (2 months to 2 years) to recover from. You probably have a neuroma that has formed. An evaluation by an orthopedic hand surgeon may offer you a surgical option. ...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 deep does a cut have to be to get stitches?

How deep does a cut have to be to get stitches?

Sutures: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more

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If I have stitches, how would I clean my wound?

If I have stitches, how would I clean my wound?

Simple cleaning OK: Many wounds will continue to ooze a bit of serum after closure & that can build up & provide food for skin germs that could later invade & infect it. A brief cleaning of the area with soap & water or peroxide being sure to leave it dry can remove the serum & prevent infection. Working around stitches with a wet q tip is also helpful. ...Read more

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What happens if a large wound isn't stitched closed?

What happens if a large wound isn't stitched closed?

Wound Healing slow: Large wounds need to be properly cleaned, all dead, devitalised tissue, and contaminants removed. This is the most important thing. The wound edges need to be closed as much as is possible to reduce healing time, and improve scarring. Less of all the above will cause a worse scar, and slower wound healing. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to remove stitches from a wound?

How long should you wait to remove stitches from a wound?

Different timing: It is important to remember that part of healing is skin growth which occurs even over sutures. Of course, areas under a lot of tension need a longer time to heal. Facial wounds should have sutures removed at about five days and then steri strips used. Wounds under stress like the abdomen will need longer about 14 days. Remember, the skin makes us look pretty, not hold things together. ...Read more

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If I have stitches, what can I do to help my wound heal pretty?

If I have stitches, what can I do to help my wound heal pretty?

Two things: For topical treatment, we use mederma, available otc & collagen from the cascade system that we use during surgery. Good cosmetic results. ...Read more

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Stitches that are still inside the wound and not properly remove?

Not sure: Of your question!!!
However this should be evaluated by the surgeon who created the incision!!!! Good follow-up includes dealing with the `problem you mention!
Good Luck
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean a wound with non-dissolving stitches?

What is the best way to clean a wound with non-dissolving stitches?

Wound care: Gently wash the area with mild soap & warm water; rinse; pat dry; apply clean dressing if one was present (ideally, antibiotic ointment, non-stick dressing, topper gauze/tube gauze if available & appropriate to the wound site). Watch for signs of infection: heat, redness, increased pain, pus, separation of wound edges. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what household items can I use to clean and stitch a wound in an emergency?

Could you tell me what household items can I use to clean and stitch a wound in an emergency?

Keep it simple: Use plain soap and water gently to clean in and around the wound. Pat dry gently. The problem is finding something to "stitch" the wound together that is not carrying a lot of dust, dirt and stuff. Plain thread would work but you increase your risk of infection with it. Better to cover the open area with a clean cloth and get to someone who can do what really needs to be done to maximize healing. ...Read more