An Introduction to Simple Sutures

A hand with a stitched woundAnyone who has ever suffered an injury of some kind will know there are some that might require stitches. When this happens, what will be applied to your injury will be one of the many simple sutures currently in use by medical providers everywhere. It can be upsetting to see the procedures done, or even scary to think of about getting stitches. However, once you understand what they are and how they are used, it might make you feel a bit better.

Want to know more about simple sutures and how they are used to help you heal completely? All of us here at Owl Now Urgent Care want all of our patients to have complete peace of mind when it comes to treatment, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so call us today.

What Is A Suture?

According to its definition, a suture is a set of stitches used to hold two sides of a wound together. We do this through the use of simple sutures done along the sides of a wound or surgical incision to help it heal. Some wounds are simply too big, to heal well on their own and by using stitches, we can be sure that it will heal evenly and cleanly. This can be done by using certain threads to create the stitches or by using other materials to achieve the same goal.

Threads

The threads used to stitch a wound closed can be very specific in their uses. The material they are made out of should not be able to wick or absorb contaminants into the wound, and it must be a very durable material and able to withstand the strain of the body’s movement. They also have to be highly hypoallergenic, which means unable to trigger any allergies the patient might have. An allergic reaction could easily lead to an infection, something you do not want when trying to heal a wound cleanly.

Types of Materials

The types of materials used to create sutures can be broken down simply into two categories: absorbable and non-absorbable. Absorbable sutures are usually made from materials that are biological in nature, like the intestines of sheep. This will make it easier for the human body to absorb after ten days or so, because its cell structure is completely natural and compatible with ours.

The non-absorbable sutures are generally made out of synthetic materials, preventing them from being able to be absorbed, or dissolved, where they were placed. These will have to be removed after enough time has passed for the wound to begin healing, around ten days or so. This is done by using a suture removal kit and can easily be done in the doctor’s office by one of our nurses.

Suture Options

There will be times when a wound or incision is in an area that cannot be easily sewn up and other materials must be used to close the wound. In cases like these, the doctor or surgeon might opt to use simple sutures like surgical staples or even skin glue to completely close these kinds of wounds.