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How long can you go before you have to have a wound stitched? My husband fell on our counter top on made an inch and a half gash below his knee. It is not bleeding very much at all, but there is a deep gash. Not a lot of pain. Do we need to visit the ER t

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In brief: 2-4 days

Secondary closure can be done.
Not as cosmetic as a good primary fresh closure. Some wounds will heal over a longer time without stitches but leave a wider scar. Tetanus shot should be up to date.

In brief: 2-4 days

Secondary closure can be done.
Not as cosmetic as a good primary fresh closure. Some wounds will heal over a longer time without stitches but leave a wider scar. Tetanus shot should be up to date.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics

In brief: Since

Since you asked this question 4 days ago, i hope your husband's wound has been cared for appropriately by now! for future reference, a wound without a lot of pain or profuse bleeding should still be treated within the first 6-8 hours after injury to avoid infection.
Research shows that the sooner the laceration is repaired, the less likely it is to get infected - the number one complication.

In brief: Since

Since you asked this question 4 days ago, i hope your husband's wound has been cared for appropriately by now! for future reference, a wound without a lot of pain or profuse bleeding should still be treated within the first 6-8 hours after injury to avoid infection.
Research shows that the sooner the laceration is repaired, the less likely it is to get infected - the number one complication.
Dr. Laura McMullen
Dr. Laura McMullen
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