Stitch or Suture Removal & Wound Dressing
HealYos has a team of trained and skilled doctors that perform safe and appropriate stitch removal and wound dressing at home, with all aseptic precautions.
Sutures or stitches are used to hold the surgical site in place and close the wound in order to promote healing. The wound needs to be cleaned and the sutures need to be removed carefully in a safe and accurate manner.
Sutures or stitches need to be removed at a particular time ensuring the wound has healed completely. Timed stitch removal is necessary to avoid swelling of the part, scarring and other associated complications. Ideally, stitch removal is done after 15 days of surgery, depending on the type of surgery and the surgeon’s preference.
Factors affecting suture removal:
- Location of the wound
- Depth of the wound
- Type of surgery
- General Approach
Following are the steps to ensure effective suture removal and wound care:
- Confirmation about the time of stitch removal with the concerned surgeon
- Assessment of the wound and its health
- Removal of stitches using sterile equipment's along the incision line
- Assessment of skin integrity after removal of stitches
- Identifying any infection in and around the suture site
- Sterile wound dressing
- Explanation of post-stitch removal care
- Communication about the procedure to the surgeon
Benefits of Stitch removal/Wound Dressing at home:
- Follow-up Care
- Reduced wait time and travel stress
- Useful for patients with reduced mobility
- Safe and Convenient
- Reduces Anxiety
Requirements of Suture Removal/Wound Dressing at home:
- Antibacterial Soap
- Boiling water
- Clean Cotton cloth
- Small pair of scissors
- Antiseptic wipes
- Suture Removal Kit
Frequently Asked Questions
What is suture removal?
It is a sterile procedure done to remove the stitches that were used to close a surgical wound after adequate healing has occurred.
How long does it take to remove a suture?
The time depends on the length of the incision and the over all health of the suture and the surrounding skin.
Do you need a suture removal kit?
The assigned doctor will get his or her personal suture removal kit. The other requirements will be conveyed beforehand, if any.
How to take care of a scar after surgical removal?
The wound should be kept dry or clean, should not be soaked or immersed in water. The original bandage should be kept on it at least for 24 hours. The other post-stitch removal care steps will be explained by the visiting doctor depending on the condition and general health of the patient. Any kind of exercise should be avoided on the day of the procedure performed.
What are the prerequisites of stitch removal?
On the day of stitch removal, any kind of exercises should be avoided. The patient should be in comfortable clothing and should have had a meal sometime before the procedure.