If you have had any types of injuries or accidents or corrective orthopedic surgeries, it is highly like you have either:
Sutures are terms for stitches, and are used to bring open wounds together and tie up such that to close the wounds to prevent infection and improve healing rates. These wounds will require careful orthopedic/medical-grade cleaning and care, done regularly and consistently. This is to:
Depending on the
- your wound care and treatment session may differ.
Of course, for simple and straight-forward wounds, wound cleaning can be done using wound cleaning solutions such as sterile saline solutions or antiseptic wound care solutions (preferred). Wound care needs always to be done in a clean and sterile environment and manner, to prevent any introduction of bacteria into wounds (which will increase risks of infections).
Generally most open wounds that are clean and dry will not require a course of antibiotics unless the doctor notices that the wound may have been contaminated or if they had found any bacterial cultures in lab tests. However, the doctor may order for a course of antibiotics to be safe.
This depends entirely on the condition of the wound. It can range from once or twice daily wound cleaning, up to 2-4 days between wound cleaning sessions.
Most wounds take 7-14 days to recover, and stitches are typically removed 2 weeks (14 days) after surgery is done, depending on the wound healing rate. In some cases, there has been patients who had to wait up to 21 days or more before the stitches can be removed.
If you have a wound (stitched or open) that is:
There may be a localized infection (perhaps from your wound) that will require immediate treatment. Come to us as soon as you can, or visit your family physician or surgeon immediately. If we are the ones who discover this during session with us, we will immediately refer you to a GP or specialist/surgeon to manage and treat the infection.