Cuts, Scrapes & Stitches

Stitches, are used for wounds that are deep, bleeding, have jagged edges, or have fat or muscle exposed. The area will be cleaned with iodine. A surgical drape may be positioned over the wound. This will keep the area sterile.

If a laceration is deep, stitches may be needed under the skin. The stitches used under the skin will be absorbed by the body. They will not need to be removed.

The wound will then be stitched shut. Once the wound is closed, saline will be used to clean the area. A thin layer of antiseptic ointment may be applied, as well. A gauze pad may be placed over the stitches. An elastic bandage or tape may be placed over the gauze to cover and protect them.

Cuts, Scrapes & Stitches

Risk

If you have a laceration repair, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Noticeable scarring
  • Poor wound closure
  • Allergic reaction to anesthetic

Expect

To treat the laceration before you see the doctor:

  • Apply direct pressure to the wound. Use gauze, a clean cloth, plastic bags, or, as a last resort, a clean hand. If the wound bleeds through the gauze or cloth, do not remove it. Add more gauze.
  • If possible, elevate the wound above the heart. This will make it harder for blood to flow to the wound. Do not tie a tourniquet around an affected limb. This may cause more damage.
  • If bleeding stops, let some water run over the wound. Tap water is safe to use.
  • If muscle, tendon, bone, or organs are exposed, do not try to push them back into place.
  • If you are feeling faint, lie down or sit with your head between your knees.

Once you are at the hospital, the doctor will likely do the following:

  • Examine the wound
  • Decide if a surgeon is needed
  • Ask about your medical history, allergies, and how the wound occurred
  • Discuss your pain tolerance and options for closing the laceration
  • Explain the procedure

Anesthesia may be expected depnding on the type of laceration, for example:

  • Local anesthesia is used for minor lacerations. This will numb the area around the wound.
  • General anesthesia may be needed for severe lacerations. It will block pain and keeps you asleep.

In some cases, no anesthesia is needed.

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