Sutures & Stiches
Los Gatos Pediatrics is equipped to handle nearly all wounds that requires sutures and stitches. Our pediatricians have provided wound care to thousands of children and we have extensive experience providing sutures and stitches for all types of cuts and lacerations.
Sutures & Stitches FAQ
When are sutures or stitches necessary?
Any cut that is split open or gaping needs sutures. If a cut is on the face and longer than ¼ inch, the child should be seen by our pediatricians. The cut may need to be closed with sutures or skin glue.
Any long and/or deep open wound should be seen as soon as possible. Ideally, they should be checked and closed within 6 hours. This is to prevent wound infections. There is no cutoff, however, for treating open wounds.
When are stitches removed?
Stitches and staples are used to keep wounds together during healing.
They need to be removed within 4-14 days. The specific removal date depends on the location of the stitches or staples. Removal should not be delayed because they might leave skin marks.
What happens if the wound opens after sutures or stitches?