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Old 03-11-2016, 03:18 PM   #21
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I got stitches removed at a hospital in Elko, NV on the way home from a road trip and they only charged me $20 (I think my insurance paid a percentage of it, but the base rate there was lower there than in CA.) I had either 1 or 2 stitches on my finger.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:24 PM   #22
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The stitching part was painless, the needle used to numb the wound area stung like a *********er.

I went through the same thing. I told the doc no shot the next time I needed stitches. Big mistake.


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Old 03-11-2016, 04:33 PM   #24
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I cracked my head open when I was 18 and was given 5 stitches. I was broke and the ER that put them in said they'd charge $150 to pull them. I was having trouble paying for the original ER visit. A good friend worked at a veterinary clinic as a tech and said she'd do it for me for free.. Sold!

I've pulled stitches on my knee as well. In that case it was more a time/convenience thing. They were due to be pulled during finals week in college... No spare time.

Make sure the wound is clean and not infected. Do it the way Sarah S posted.

If it looks infected at all - go to the doctors/clinic.
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I cracked my head open when I was 18 and was given 5 stitches. I was broke and the ER that put them in said they'd charge $150 to pull them. I was having trouble paying for the original ER visit. A good friend worked at a veterinary clinic as a tech and said she'd do it for me for free.. Sold!
And she didn't even have to put a muzzle on you so she didn't get bitten....
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Be sure that you only cut one side of the stitch. Sometimes people just grab the knot and cut it off. This leaves the suture in the skin. If the doc was nice they left little tails of suture on the knot. Grab the knot or the tails, lift it, get your clean cuticle scissors flush with the skin and cut only one side of the suture loop. The loop of suture will then slide out as you pull on the knot. Quite straight forward in most cases.
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I can't even read these responses. Doing so make me too squeamish. No way I could pull out my own stitches.
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I can't even read these responses. Doing so make me too squeamish. No way I could pull out my own stitches.
I feel like getting some stitches, just so I can experience this!

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OP has stitches in his index finger. As a right handed person, I wouldn't attempt removing stitches from my right index finger. I'd have to do it left handed and the dexterity of my non dominant left hand wouldn't lend itself to removing stitches safely. I had stitches in my left hand twice, and had them removed by the doc both times. I don't think I'd take out my own stitches unless I had to for some reason.


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Lol. Valid point Ronstar. Going to be hard to get ahold of the knot with tweezers and cut the suture with the scissors that you are holding in your third hand! May need a wee bit of help.
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I can't even read these responses. Doing so make me too squeamish. No way I could pull out my own stitches.
Well, it depends. The thought makes me squeamish too but if it was gonna cost me $50 or so to have it done I'd go the DIY route. Yeah, I'm that cheap frugal.

I did pull some out many years ago when the knot on one came undone and I found it wasn't painful at all to pull that one out and then I went ahead and cut/pulled the rest. I think there were only three so it wasn't a large cut.
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1. Suture removal at the same facility where you got them should be entirely free. But...

2. Suture removal is a piece of cake. You don't need to clean with rubbing alcohol and dry for 20 minutes. The alcohol isn't a bad idea but it takes just a few minutes to dry.

3. Do not clean your wound with peroxide or rubbing alcohol repeatedly during the week as this inhibits wound healing. You can wash gently with soap and water after two days.

4. A good pair of tweezers and manicure scissors work quite well. I would not use a sewing stitch ripper. It pulls and hurts. Clean them with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Then cut the stitch on one side of the knot and gently pull out.

I've removed stitches from many a friend and family member, even in medical school. It's way easier than you think and pretty much painless.
There really isn't any special training in this. I promise.


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I've removed stitches for DW with no problem........now, the heart transplant...make sure you have sharp knives and plenty of drop sheets.
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I've removed stitches for DW with no problem........now, the heart transplant...make sure you have sharp knives and plenty of drop sheets.
And a wet vacuum.
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Remove them when they itch.


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The urgent care facility that did the stitching wanted $60 to take them out so did it myself, very easy only took 5 minutes.
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