Stitches, or sutures, help your body with wound healing by controlling bleeding, making it difficult for bacteria to enter and cause an infection, and ensuring tissues on each side of the incision stay together so they can reconnect.
Although stitches and sutures are widely referred to as one and the same, in medical terms they are actually two different things.
A suture can be absorbable—“dissolvable stitches” is what they’re commonly called—or nonabsorbable (must be removed). The type used for suturing your wound will depend on a number of factors that the treating medical professional will consider.
If you’re concerned thatsuturing will be needed to treat your wound, the best course of action is to seek a qualified medical evaluation. Here are some situations in which stitches may be warranted:
When you need wound carefor a cut or laceration, walk into any HealthMed Urgent Care clinic without an appointment and receive prompt, expert attention from skilled clinicians for non-life- or limb-threatening injuries. Stitches may be needed to close your wound, and can be performed at any HealthMed location. We’re qualified to evaluate and treat cuts and lacerations that are more than you can handle at home, without the waiting and expense of a hospital emergency room.
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