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Suture Problems

Suture problems occur following a medical procedure that requires stitches. Many issues may arise such as busted stitches or an allergic reaction to the suture material. To learn more about suture problems, take a look at the questions below and the answered that have been provided by Experts.

Can a split ear lobe be sewn and who would do it?

If the ear lobe has recently (1-2 weeks) been separated, a dermatologist, general surgeon or a plastic surgeon will use a fine suture material to attach the edges. This usually doesn't leave a bad scar. If the split lobe is older, the two ends may have to be reopened in order to properly suture the two ends together. The procedure is performed as outpatient, under general anesthesia, is typically painless and only requires about 45 minutes to perform. Most stitches are removed after about 2 weeks. The person is usually encouraged to avoid piercing the ear for at least 3 months following the sutures.

What can be done to prevent scarring after getting stitches?

Usually scarring may be determined by how even the cut is and the type of suturing technique used. If sutures remain in place for over a week there is a bigger chance of having a noticeable scar. If the sutures remain for more than a week, massaging the area with petroleum jelly will minimize scarring. Generally the area may take up to two months to properly heal and may look worse in the beginning of the healing process. There are laser options for those who wish to have the scar resurfaced. However this technique usually isn't applied until the scar is at least one year old.

What is a suture granuloma?

Suture granuloma is a reaction to the suture material being used. This doesn't occur often and it’s almost impossible to foresee if a patient may be allergic to the suture material. However, an inflammatory reaction is a typical part of wound healing. For people highly sensitive to sutures, an antibiotic salve may be used to avoid a possible secondary infection with staph.

What is a treatment for an allergic reaction to vicryl sutures?

The most common form of treatment for an allergic reaction to vicryl sutures is a steroid cream which control the reaction. Mometasone cream may be administered twice daily to the reaction area. This cream must be prescribed by a doctor but over the counter cortisone cream may also be used. Antihistamines can also be used for the inflammation.

Having stitches may be an issue for some people. However, that issue may be intensified when the person has to deal with suture problems. Many questions arise when a person notices a problem with sutures. If a person has questions or concerns regarding suture problems, ask an Expert for medical insight.
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