The Different Types Of Stitches Used By Your Surgical Doctor To Close Your Wound

You cannot predict accidents. It happens all the time. No matter how careful you are, injuries or cuts can’t always be avoided. Protecting yourselves all the time is sometimes not the solution to prevent it. It’s like, the time of your fate will come when an accident can happen that no matter what you do, you can’t control it from happening.

Cuts sometimes can be dangerous to your health. You need to consult medical team to close your wounds otherwise negative effects will happen to you. It may sometimes lead to death if you do not go immediately to seek help. Always remember that ‘wounds always needs to be close’ as soon as possible. In the medical term, ‘stitching your wounds to close it are called sutures.’ There are two types:

❏ One is absorbable, wherein stitches are dissolved automatically when the body breaks it down. Some of its materials come from animal production. Others from polyglycolic acid (Dexon), polydioxanone (PDS), polylactic acid (Vicryl) and polyglyconate(Maxon).

❏ The second type of suture is nonabsorbable; these are usually preferred by your surgeon because it resists chemicals in the body to not to be dissolved on its own. It is helpful for long-term healing and wound closure. It is made up from polypropylene (proline), nylon or silk.

‘Sutures are like threads that you use to sew your clothes.’ In closing your wounds, sutures are used to close injury. Your physician used different kinds of stitches to close cuts. There are many subclassifications:

1. Sub-cuticular stitch; It is an absorbable suture that stitches the first and second layer of your skin. The surgeon usually used this when they remove some body parts in your system like removing of kidneys or removing of the gallbladder, etc.

2. Staple types of stitch depend on the shapes or materials used to close your wound. It is commonly made from stainless or titanium. The staples used maybe circular, curved or straight.

3. Continuous stitch; It is the easiest type because you will close the wound without any hassles in your stitch’ direction.

4. Mattress stitches; It’s done horizontally and vertically, but you will have to close the injury deeper on the walls of your skin for good closure.

Wound closure is a big help to those who undergo harmful accidents. It is the best first aid treatment for people who are experiencing losing a lot of blood in their body like gunshot wounds, car accidents and when falling from a tall building which results in cuts or injuries to your skin. You can save lives just by suturing injuries.

You need to seek help when large wounds occur because this might lead you in a dangerous predicament. According to experts, if wounds are not closed quickly, bleeding and shock occur which might end your life. Take care of your life and live healthy because there are still many things that you should do and you don’t want to “miss” doing this thing in your life.

When are Stitches Needed?

Whenever you find yourself cut by something, it doesn’t mean to say that you need to undergo stitching. Most of the time people with deep wounds are the ones that need stitching, but then again it entirely depends on how deep and severe the wound is that it needs to be closed off to prevent further bleeding and infection when wounds remain open. As stated above, there are different ways to close an open wound, and it entirely depends on the case.

You will need the skills of a doctor in closing an open wound when:
 Wounds are deeper than 0.25 inches, especially when they are gape open or have jagged edges
 Deep wounds that make it down to the bone, muscle, fat or any other structures deep within the skin
 Deep wounds over the fingers or hands
 Deep wounds on a joint, especially when the wounds open up whenever joints are moving or if the pulling of the wound’s edges show muscle, bone, joint structure or fat
 Wounds on the lips, face or any other area that you worry of getting scarred
 Wounds that are longer than 20 mm
 Wounds that continually bleed after 15 minutes of direct pressure