Suture, clips or stitches removal (one site)
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Have your stitches removed quickly by a trained professional in the comfort of your own home.
If you have had a wound or operation where you required sutures, wire or thread used to sew the wound together, they will need to be removed by a professional. Save a trip to the hospital and have them removed at your home, work or even a hotel. A nurse will come to you to carry out the procedure.
To get this service you will need to provide us with your doctor's instructions or discharge summary, and consent to contacting your doctor. It is essential to provide a safe care service. Specific medical supplies, including medications, are not included in the price.
If payment is received for one site (i.e. home, work, hotel), then our staff can only attend that one site. Further payment might be required for other surgical sites that are not declared.
Different parts of the body require suture removal at varying times. Common periods of time for removal are as follows, but times vary according to the health care professionals that perform the procedure:
- Face: 3-5 days
- Scalp: 7-10 days
- Trunk: 7-10 days
- Arms and legs: 10-14 days
- Joints: 14 days
Is this right for me?
Suture removal is the process of removing the stitches you’ve had from a previous operation. This service is perfect for people who are on a waiting list and need a professional removal of their stitches to avoid infection.
Please note - If you have been told that your stitches need to be removed, make sure you ask your doctor for a letter of instruction before moving forward.
If the stitches you’ve been given are of the non-dissolvable kind and they’re starting to become a hindrance, or you believe they are starting to become infected, contact us as soon as you can.
What is involved in Suture Removal?
The act of removing your sutures is a process that needs to be done by a medical professional. All of our medics are trained for this process and can perform the minor procedure in your home. If the surgical wound needs dressing, they will also perform that for you. Suture removals do not hurt, you will, at most, feel a tugging sensation.
To book a Suture Removal appointment, either add this process to the cart using the button to the right or speak to one of our team via online chat or on the phone.
The wound is cleaned with an antiseptic to remove encrusted blood and loosened scar tissue. Sterile forceps (tongs or pincers) are used to pick up the knot of each suture, and then surgical scissors or a small knife blade is used to cut the suture. Forceps are used to remove the loosened suture and pull the thread from the skin. These relatively painless steps are continued until the sutures have all been removed. You may feel a tug or slight pull as a stitch is removed. The wound is cleansed again. Adhesive strips are often placed over the wound to allow the wound to continue strengthening.
Procedures can differ due to the type of sutures you have and your doctor’s instructions.
- Keep wound clean and dry for the first 24 hours.
- Showering is allowed after 48 hours, but do not soak the wound.
- Bandages can safely be removed from the wound after 48 hours unless the wound continues to bleed or has a discharge. If bandages are kept in place and get wet, the wet bandage should be replaced with a clean dry bandage.
- An antibiotic ointment (brand names are Polysporin or Neosporin, for example) should be used after the wound is cleaned.
- Notify the doctor if a suture loosens or breaks (our medic will seek your consent to notify your doctor as well).
- When scheduled to have the stitches removed, be sure to make an appointment with a person qualified to remove the stitches.
The suture removal procedure requires detailed information and instructions from your doctor.
Call your doctor if you have any of these signs and symptoms after stitches (sutures) have been removed, redness, increasing pain, swelling, fever, red streaks progressing away from the sutured site, material (pus) coming from out of the wound, if the wound reopens, and bleeding.
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 healthcare providers 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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Book a visit
Contact us via our website, email or phone to book your visit. A visit fee will apply depending on your location, regardless of required service(s).
Meet our medic
We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.
Get the results
We deliver results electronically via email, or by post to you and your doctor, if requested. Our medics can liaise with your doctor to help you get the care you need.