Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Sutures

Contact: 0191 282 4485 - Dermatology Department

This information has been produced to help you after having had sutures removed, and aims to answer any questions that you may have.

After having your sutures (stitches) removed there are a few points you must remember:-

  • Treat the area concerned with great care as the wound may look healed but it has not reached its full strength.
  • Cleanse the area gently with water and pat dry.
  • Avoid strenuous daily activities for approximately one week as this may result in overstretching the wound area.
  • If you have steri-strips (paper stitches) applied over the wound please remember not to get this area wet for 4-5 days. After this time remove the steri-strips gently by wetting them with water then lifting both ends of the strip and carefully pull from the wound.
  • If the wound begins to bleed apply direct pressure for at least 20 minutes with a clean handkerchief or dressing. If after this time the bleeding continues, or you are concerned in any way, please telephone the Dermatology Department on the numbers below.

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