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Old 21-11-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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Wound Care Question - remove stitches myself?

So, a lot of people have told me that there's no problem removing stitches on your own, that I dont have to see a doctor...Is this true? Cause I wouldnt mind saving some money if I could just do it myself..

It has closed up nicely, so does that mean I can remove them right away? I got the stitches on sunday.





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Old 21-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #2
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I would advice you to see a doctor...







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Old 21-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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No, it's not true. You should never remove your stitches yourself for several reasons, the main one being that if the wound isn't sufficiently healed enough the stitches need to stay in. The vast majority of people haven't been trained in how to asses their wound like a nurse or doctor have been, and they could end up taking the stitches out when they actually need to stay in.



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Hm, ok, but like a lot of people have told me they've done it themselves without any problems at all, so the changes that it will go wrong has to be small? And also, the doctor said they could be removed in about 7 days...





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The thing is the wound isn't always properly healed, and you can take out the stitches and have the whole thing open up again necessitating that new stitches be put in.



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Old 21-11-2008, 03:00 AM   #6
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I'm also going to lock this thread because your original question has been answered, and there is enormous potential here for a debate to start. If you have any further follow up questions please feel free to PM me :)



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Old 21-11-2008, 12:12 PM   #7
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I also want to say that I know qualified people that have removed stitches AFTER the specified time; they said 10days, the professional removed them at 14days & the wound reopened within an hour. This is the importance of getting it PROPERLY ASSESSED and checked out. what looks healed on the surface isn't always healed underneath

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