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Wat do you do wen ya stiched wound turns blue?

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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree

In brief: Depends: many issues

Generally the blood supply to skin decreases from maximal in the head to minimal in the feet, so it depends on where the wound is, how far the discoloration extends from the wound edges, interval since repair, presence or absence of pain, and a host of other factors.
If you don't like the way it looks, go back to the doctor who performed the repair to be re-examined.

In brief: Depends: many issues

Generally the blood supply to skin decreases from maximal in the head to minimal in the feet, so it depends on where the wound is, how far the discoloration extends from the wound edges, interval since repair, presence or absence of pain, and a host of other factors.
If you don't like the way it looks, go back to the doctor who performed the repair to be re-examined.
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

New onset of pain and/or new onset of swelling at the site of a sutured wound is an infection until proved otherwise.
However, any wound held together by tight sutures may look blue / dusky as new blood comes in to assist healing and stays in the area after giving up its oxygen.

In brief: Depends

New onset of pain and/or new onset of swelling at the site of a sutured wound is an infection until proved otherwise.
However, any wound held together by tight sutures may look blue / dusky as new blood comes in to assist healing and stays in the area after giving up its oxygen.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Mike Bowman
If you are concerned about the wound, give your surgeon a call to have the wound checked out.
Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bruising

Blue may mean something as simple as bruising.
However, it may also represent poor blood supply which leads to necrosis or cell death.

In brief: Bruising

Blue may mean something as simple as bruising.
However, it may also represent poor blood supply which leads to necrosis or cell death.
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Call your doctor

If this is bruising, there is no cause for concern.
However, if the skin is blue, it could indicate the blood supply is compromised leading to wound healing problems or separation.

In brief: Call your doctor

If this is bruising, there is no cause for concern.
However, if the skin is blue, it could indicate the blood supply is compromised leading to wound healing problems or separation.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. James Zasuly
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on wound.

Usually not a problem. Check with the dr. Who stitched it.

In brief: Depends on wound.

Usually not a problem. Check with the dr. Who stitched it.
Dr. James Zasuly
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