Common "Sutures" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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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 col...  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 did my 12 years old grafted unhealing leg wound open up?

Query: Hi doctor, Around 12 years back, my unhealing leg wound was cured by multiple skin grafting. Now, after 12 years the wound opened up. Reason is unknown. Is it varicose? I have attached the latest snaps.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Wound dehiscence occurs when surgical wound closures reopen instead of proper healing. Reasons or people who are at high risk for wound dehiscence are as follows: Patients with a weak immune system or those people who are malnourished, it can also be due to underlying ...  Read Full »

The flap is not attached to the teeth after flap surgery. Why?

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 »

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 three to four mm. Today, I noticed the wound area to be wet with a clear discharge. Also, the edges of the wound seem to be quite ...  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 given. Such disch...  Read Full »

Are sutures removed from the extraction site problematic?

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 »

Why are the stitches in my mouth coming loose?

Query: Hi doctor, I had gum graft surgery a couple of days ago. Now, the swelling has gone down around the graft site. I am noticing that some of my stitches on one side are loose and coming out. Should I be worried about this? There is no bleeding. Otherwise, it appears to be healing. I have attached phot...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The suture or stitches are self-dissolving, they will get loosen and dissolve in the course of time. I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The gum grafts are adequately placed and tight as required. You do not need to worry about it....  Read Full »

Should stitching be done immediately for a gash above the eyebrow?

Query: Hello doctor, A 6-year-old boy had an accidental fall while riding a scooter. Got a gash above the eyebrow. He was wearing spectacles, and the lens might have caused the gash. Took him to the nearby hospital, where they have given painkillers and antibiotics. They have not stitched up the gash. We a...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good if the primary treatment was given immediately. As the wound is on the face, above the eyebrow, it would be advisable that a plastic surgeon does the suturing. As it would be cosmetically better in all aspect. Waiting overnight would not cause any major di...  Read Full »

The area around naval region has sunken after C-section. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a C-section delivery last month. Although stitches are healed and I am not having any trouble in the incision area. Since the last one month I am noticing that the area around my navel region has sunken in. I am having a rounded depression starting from the belly button to downw...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Kurmi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is not abnormal. Your tummy fat is dissolving which was accumulated during pregnancy. Your uterus is also sinking that is why your tummy appearance is like this. It might take a couple of mon...  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 »

Will local anesthesia under sedation decrease pain while suturing?

Query: Hi doctor,My surgeon is recommending local anesthesia with sedation for an umbilical hernia. It is a small hernia as per the surgeon, and a small incision and perhaps 1 or 2 stitches on the abdomen will be needed to repair it and perhaps a small mesh on top if needed. I have had a terrible experienc...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing fine. Coming to your query, the efficacy of local anesthesia depends on various factors like the expertise of anesthetist, drugs used, adjuvants, the amount of drug used, etc. For a small and uncomplicated hernia, local anesthesia with sedation i...  Read Full »

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