“This honestly depends on the area of the stitches and the healing process,” says Dr. Mamelak. “Patients no longer feel pain and want to get back to their routine.” In general, most patients can start to resume regular activities 2-3 weeks after surgery.
How long after stitches can I go back to work?
When Can I Return to Normal Activities After Stitches? The recovery after getting stitches will vary for different patients based on the area of the wound and their progress with healing. Dr. Mamelak says most patients can get back to their normal activities about 2 to 3 weeks after their surgery.
What not to do after getting stitches?
It’s important not to scratch your stitches; even though they’re strong, scratching may damage them. You should avoid contact sports, such as football or hockey, to give your wound the best possible chance to heal. You should not go swimming until your wound has healed and your stitches have been removed.
What do you do the day after getting stitches?
After the first day, wash around the wound with clean water 2 times a day. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a nonstick bandage. Apply more petroleum jelly and replace the bandage as needed.
Can I work with sutures?
If the stitches are in a place where working may damage them, then it is better to stay off work until the wound has healed. If you handle food at work, then you should not work until your wound is completely healed.
Is it okay to shower with stitches?
After 48 hours, surgical wounds can get wet without increasing the risk of infection. After this time, you can get your stitches wet briefly with a light spray (such as in the shower), but they should not be soaked (for example, in the bath). Make sure you pat the area dry afterwards.
Do stitches bleed when removed?
Your wound can swell, bleed, or split open if it is stretched or bumped. You may need to wear a bandage that supports your wound until it is completely healed. Care for a scar. You may have a scar after the stitches are removed.
Do stitches need to be covered?
Protect the stitches.
You may need to cover your stitches with a bandage for 24 to 48 hours, or as directed. Do not bump or hit the suture area. This could open the wound. Do not trim or shorten the ends of your stitches.
Is it OK to sleep on stitches?
Ask your nurse if you need to avoid lying on your wound or putting any pressure on it for the first 48 hours. Doing this can help reduce irritation and bleeding.
Does stitch removal hurt?
Removal of Stitches
Your doctor will tell you when to come back to have them taken out. Removing stitches is a much faster process than putting them in. The doctor simply clips each thread near the knot and pulls them out. You may feel a slight tugging sensation, but the removal of stitches shouldn’t hurt at all.
How do you help stitches heal faster?
After the first 24 to 48 hours, wash around the cut with clean water 2 times a day. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the cut with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a non-stick bandage. Apply more petroleum jelly and replace the bandage as needed.
Do stitches leave scars?
Traditional stitches that look like knots sewing the wound together can leave little white dots of scar tissue, especially if left in too long, so make sure your doctor has given you clear instructions on when they need to be removed.
How long does getting stitches take?
Leaving a wound open too long also increases your risk of infection. As a rule, try to get stitches within 6 to 8 hours of a cut. In some cases, you may be able to wait up to 12 to 24 hours. If you are unable to get stitches in this time frame, consult a medical professional on the best course of action for your wound.