Suture or stitches removal (one site)

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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.


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To get this service you will need to provide us with your doctor's instructions or discharge summary, and consent to contact 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, our staff can only remove one site. Further payment might be required for other surgical sites that are not declared and needing attention.

About

Sutures are tiny threads, wire, or other material used to sew body tissue and skin together. They may be placed deep in the tissue and/or superficially to close a wound. A variety of suture techniques are used to close a wound, and deciding on a specific technique depends on the location of the wound, the thickness of the skin, degree of tensions, and desired cosmetic effect.
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
Sutures may be taken out all at one visit, or sometimes, they may be taken out over a period of days if the wound requires it.

Methodology

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.

Preparation

Our instruction includes:
  • 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.
Wound care after suture removal is just as important as it was prior to removal of the stitches. Take good care of the wound so it will heal and not scar.

Precautions

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.

Disclaimer

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.

How it works

  • 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.