WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Suture removal is a procedure to take sutures out of your skin. Sutures are used to close a wound. Suture removal helps prevent scarring and tissue damage.
You may need medicine to relieve pain, swelling, or fever. Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list of the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Clean your wound: Use soap and water. Pat the area dry with a clean towel. Ask your primary healthcare provider how often to clean your wound.
- Elevate your wound: Raise your injured arm or leg above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your arm or leg on pillows to keep it elevated comfortably.
- Protect your wound: Your wound can swell, bleed, or split open if it is stretched or bumped. Your primary healthcare provider may have you wear a binder to help protect your wound. A binder is a snug piece of fabric that helps support your wound and prevent it from splitting open.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever and chills.
- You have increased pain, even after treatment.
- Your wound is red, swollen, draining pus, and has a bad smell.
- You see red streaks on the skin around your wound.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your wound splits open.
- You suddenly cannot move your injured joint.
- You have sudden numbness around your wound.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.