Sutures are also called stitches. They are used to repair cuts and to close incisions of surgery. The application of suture involves using a needle with an attached thread. Sutures are classified based on the material of the suture as absorbable suture or non-absorbable suture. Based on the actual structure of the suture material, it is classified into monofilament suture and braided suture. Monofilament suture has a single thread that passes through the suture easily. Braided suture consists of many small threads which are braided together.

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When to seek a doctor if there is continuous bleeding in a wound?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a wound. I know that it needs stitches, but that is not an option at the moment. How long have I got to seek medical attention if it has not stopped bleeding?  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You already know that you need to visit a doctor. So, do not delay it. The timeline you asked for depends on the site of injury, the total amount, and the rate of bleeding. The bleeding should usually stop within 10 to 20 minutes if undisturbed. If it does not, then eit...  Read Full »

I recently underwent flap surgery on my lower teeth for receding gums, but the flap is not getting attached to the teeth. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had flap surgery on my lower teeth because my front two teeth have receded gum line because of hard brushing over the years. However, my oral hygiene is excellent overall because I get scaling done every five to six months. But after the procedure, I went to the dentist's offic...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. According to the reports attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), the area has not healed correctly. The reasons may be gum health issues, maintenance of hygiene after surgery, or improper sutur...  Read Full »

How long will it take for the laceration in the knees and tears in the medial meniscus to heal?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a deep cut on the top of my knee, that is, a laceration. In the MRI, it says that there is a partial ACL tear, LCL sprain, and a longitudinal tear in the medial meniscus. I have 15 stitches on top of my knee. Currently, I am taking rest with braces on the knee. I have kept the kn...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are two things that you need to be aware of. The damage outside the knee, that is, the cut you are mentioning will take two weeks to heal, and sutures should have been taken out by now if the wound healed without an infection. The damage within the knee, t...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned if the sutures from the extraction site come out spontaneously and food gets trapped there?

Query: Hi doctor, My wisdom tooth was extracted four days ago, and the stitches came off yesterday. Should I be concerned if the stitches of my extracted wisdom tooth came off and food goes deep inside the extracted site? Please give me your suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Healing after tooth extraction takes three to five days. However, complete closure of the socket takes a couple of weeks. Stitches coming off are not a problem if you do not have any pain or discomfort. But avoid eating hard and chewy foo...  Read Full »

After forty minutes of removing the extraction stitch, when can I swallow and drink water?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a lower left wisdom tooth removed, and I went to a dentist after four days. And he removed the stitch and put Alvogyl. I am at home, and it has been an hour, and I have saliva in my mouth. Can I swallow it and drink water? I am not sure if they said after 40 minutes to rinse or not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, you can swallow and after 40 minutes, you can rinse too if the site is cured and there is no cut visible. I suggest you try the doing the following for a few days: Do not stretch the mouth a lot. Give yourself rest and do not eat spicy food. Rinse your mouth with...  Read Full »

My husband got a stab wound, and the bruise is growing in size and getting darker. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My husband was stabbed from armpit to collarbone 48 hours ago. It is very deep and requires surgery to clean and close the wound. He was discharged from the hospital 18 hours ago. He has started to get a huge bruise down his side and arm that is growing in size and getting dark in c...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. Kindly attach his reports to help you better. Thanks.  Read Full »

Why is there a clear discharge from my wound with redness in the wound edges after arthroscopy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a knee arthroscopy about seven days ago, and I am worried about the wounds. The sutures did not close the wound entirely, and there is a small gap of 3 to 4 mm. Today, I noticed the wound area to be wet with a clear discharge. Also, the edges of the wound seem to be quite red...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and I will help you with it. I have seen the attached images you have sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Do not worry; there is nothing wrong with the wound, and sutures have been appropriately give...  Read Full »

What happens if the cut is not sutured after frenuloplasty?

Query: Hi doctor, I had frenuloplasty a few days back. After making the cut, the doctor did not put any stitches or surgical glue and kept the cut open. There is now a diamond-shaped wound mark of the cut frenulum. Is it fine to leave the cut open? I saw on the internet that the cut is generally sutured. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, the cut must have been closed immediately. Now after passing more than six hours, you cannot close it. My suggestion is to continue with dressing twice daily with saline, and it will heal. But it will take a long time for about three weeks. You will need to go back...  Read Full »

Is it possible to regain vision after a corneal injury?

Query: Hi doctor, My son, who is 6 years old, got an injury in the right cornea by a sharp pencil. The cornea was repaired with six stitches. After 18 days, cataract surgery was done. The next day morning after removing the patch, he saw clearly in open eye. But, from today, he could not see through his ri...  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Did he get any surgery for cornea, except sutures? Immediately after cataract surgery, it may be possible to see clearly. But, usually it takes around six weeks to regain vision. Keep using the drops. Do not worry. For further information consult an eye care ophthalmo...  Read Full »

How many days will it take to open my eye after eye surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I met with an accident and glass went inside my eyes. I got stitches inside the eye and on my eyelashes. I am not still able to open my eye after five days. My vision is clear. X-ray and CT scan reports are also normal. After how many days will I be able to open my eye?  Read Full »

Dr. David J. Mathew

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From what you have described, you have undergone suturing inside your eye, which means that you had a corneal or conjunctival injury. Your treating ophthalmologist will remove the sutures when adequate healing has taken place. As long as the sutures are there you will ha...  Read Full »

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