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Old 03-11-2016, 10:44 AM   #1
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Removing Stitches

Got a nice cut on my index finger yesterday that required a few stitches at the local clinic. Was told to come back in a week to remove them. Seems like removing them would be fairly straight forward, use clean tools, clip and pull. Anyone try removing their stitches at home instead of going to the doctors office?
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:55 AM   #2
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Sure, you can. I think they have to offer to do that for you. However, a friend of mine pulled his stitches too soon, and the wound opened up. Oops!
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I have probably removed 80% of my non-dissolving stitches that I could see (and I have had a lot!) wait plenty of time to make sure the cut will stay closed, I use a nail clipper to cut the thread and tweezers to pull it out...
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Cut as close as you can to the skin and pull from the other end so you don't pull the part of the stitch that has been exposed to dirt etc through your tissue
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I have put numerous stitches in my dogs, and racing pigeons, and have taken them out. Easy peasy. No complaints.

Maybe you want to go in just to get another look at the cut, but it is not necessary.
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Done it many times
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Yes. First time I learned how rough some people are to patients, never again. Seems silly now but I had nerve damage from the hacksaw blade that caused the cut, when the nurse attempted to remove them it was past painful.
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Not as bad as pulling a well stuck bandaid off a hairy arm, and much cheaper than the clinic.
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I'd go back and let the pros do it. But then, I've only got one body, I like it, and so I like treating it very nicely.
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If you can hem your trousers and sew on a button, removing stitches should be easy. Just wait till the wound has healed and follow Sarah S's advice.
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If you can hem your trousers and sew on a button, removing stitches should be easy. Just wait till the wound has healed and follow Sarah S's advice.
It sounds like a job for the seam ripper. I have one right by the sewing machine so if I ever need stitches I'm all set.
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Make sure you take the stitches out after a week provided the wound has healed properly. If you leave them in to long the stitch holes will scar. Ask me how I know.
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Cut as close as you can to the skin and pull from the other end so you don't pull the part of the stitch that has been exposed to dirt etc through your tissue
First wash the stitches with rubbing alcohol about 20 min before pulling them out. I say wash to stress using lots so that you know the stitches themselves are sterile.

The 20 min is to allow time for it all to dry.

Then snip and pull slowly.
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Taking 'em out is nothing. Real men put their own in.
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Taking 'em out is nothing. Real men put their own in.
The stitching part was painless, the needle used to numb the wound area stung like a *********er.
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The stitching part was painless, the needle used to numb the wound area stung like a *********er.
You had it numbed first? Such luxury!
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Unless I had no insurance, I'd let the pros remove the stitches.

And I'm quite experienced at sewing (and, naturally, ripping out stitches, since that is just part of sewing).
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The stitching part was painless, the needle used to numb the wound area stung like a *********er.
When DF was in assisted living he fell and had to get his head stapled. He refused lidocaine as it would delay the process. Doc just stapled him up, no fussing. Doc didn't ask what the hurry was about.
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