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Stitches Removal


How are stitches removed?

Stitches may need to be removed in 3 to 14 days depending on the location of your wound. Your healthcare provider will use sterile forceps or tweezers to pick up the knot of each stitch. He will cut the stitch with scissors and pull the stitch out. You may feel a slight tug as the stitch comes out. He may place small steristrips across your wound after the stitches have been removed. These pieces of tape will peel and fall of on their own. Do not pull them off.

What else do I need to know about stitch removal?

  • Clean your wound as directed. Carefully wash your wound with soap and water. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
  • Protect your wound. Your wound can swell, bleed, or split open if it is stretched or bumped. You may need to wear a bandage that supports your wound until it is completely healed.
  • Minimize your scar. Use sunblock if your wound is exposed to the sun. Apply it every day after the stitches are removed. This will help prevent skin discoloration.

When should I seek immediate care?

  • Your wound splits open.
  • You suddenly cannot move your injured joint.
  • You have sudden numbness around your wound.
  • You see red streaks coming from your wound.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • You have a fever and chills.
  • Your wound is red, warm, swollen, or leaking pus.
  • There is a bad smell coming from your wound.
  • You have increased pain in the wound area.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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.

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