Removing Stitches (Sutures): Stitches or sutures are methods used to close wounds, cuts, lacerations, or surgical procedures. There are two types of sutures, absorbable and nonabsorbable. Other methods of closing open wounds include surgical staples, skin closure tape, and adhesive agents. Sutures should be removed by a health care professional. Complications from sutures include keloids, wound infection or reopening, excessive scarring, and hypertrophic scars.
Stitches and Sutures for Wounds and Lacerations Stitches are often required to help deep wounds heal and prevent major scarring. Other methods are available to surgeons and ER doctors as well, however. Depending on the wound, doctors can choose from several options for closure, including:
- skin glue (Dermabond),
- sutures (stitches), or