Suturing, or the practice of stitching wounds together, is a centuries-old method for treating cuts, gashes, and other wounds. Suturing is used to promote the fusing of two pieces of tissue. When the wound has properly fused, the sutures are removed. The procedure helps wounds heal with minimal scarring.
Surgical thread used in sutures can be silk or nylon, and may be composed of single filaments or braided strands. When your doctor stitches your wound, he may give you special instruction regarding the care of the sutures. He may also dispense instruction on cleaning and care for the wound.
Removal of sutures should be a relatively quick and painless process. Your doctor will examine your wound prior to removing the sutures to be sure the wound has healed properly and is not infected. He may offer instruction to help prevent scarring. It is not recommended that you remove your sutures yourself, as you may cause an infection or other issues in the process.
Do You Need Minor Suturing?
A wound needs suturing if:
- The wound is gaping, deep, or jagged.
- The wound is on the face or another part of the body where scarring is undesirable.
- Profuse bleeding, without stop, occurs after twenty minutes of continuous, direct pressure.
- The wound feels numb.