If you have had a procedure that involved the use of stitches, why not see one of our nurses to have a private stitch removal.
Our aim is to provide you with the most affordable stitch removal service in London, performed by highly skilled and experienced nurses.
A Consultation with your Nurse is included in the below price.
|Stitch Removal – Small procedure|
(e.g Cyst/ lipoma/ mole removal)
Wound Care/ Dressing Change
|Stitch removal – Large procedure|
(e.g large laparotomy with multiple clips/ bilateral earlobe surgery)
What are Stitches/ Sutures?
A suture is a stitch or a row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision. Sutures can sometimes be called stitches. It is important to care for your sutures to help the healing process.
How to care for Stitches
It is important to keep sutures clean and dry. You should only use creams and lotions if recommended by your doctor.
If you have any bandages or dressings, talk to the doctor or nurse about how to care for them. You will need to keep them dry – if they get wet, change them.
For the first 2 days, It is a good idea to avoid physical activities that might re-open the wound. Children should avoid activities such as playing in sandpits or mud, riding bikes or swimming.
After 24 hours, you can wash the sutured area gently and quickly, either in a sink or in the shower. You may pat the stitches dry.
It is best not to soak the wound in a bath or go swimming until it has healed and the stitches have been taken out or dissolved.
As the wound heals, don’t pick at the stitches or scab. Picking at it might increase scarring.
How long do sutures take to heal?
Stitches are often removed after 7 to 10 days, but this depends on where they are.
Dissolvable sutures may disappear in a week or two, but some take several months.
If your sutures are not the dissolvable type, see a doctor or nurse when it is time for them to be removed. Do it at the right time – if you have the stitches taken out too soon, the wound might not be healed properly. If you leave them in too long, they can be more difficult to remove and increase the risk of scarring.
When should I get my stitches checked?
Ask a Doctor to check your stitches if the wound re-opens or the sutures come out before they should. Other reasons include the wound becoming infected (red, swollen, painful or pus increases) or you develop a fever within 48 hours of getting the stitches.