Moving our focus away from normal traditional stitching, doctors nowadays are using material called dissolvable stitches which can be used on shallow and even deep wounds quite effectively. This material dissolves over time removing the trauma of dealing with traditional stitches on your wound and provides an adequate means of protection for your wound. Normally these stitches take 1 or 2 weeks to dissolve.
How Do Dissolvable Stitches Work?
Dissolvable stitches are stitches that use your body’s natural means of removing foreign agents to do its job. Normally these stitches are made out of materials such as silk, hair, collagen and even degradable artificial materials that can easily be degraded and dissolved over time. Over time as your wound heals your body will be encouraged to dissolve this kind of stitching.
When Are Dissolvable Stitches Used?
Surface wounds are the main cause of the requirement for dissolvable stitches but these stitches can be used for under the skin wounds as well for example heart surgery and so on. These stitches have applications for on skin wounds and below skin wounds quite effectively and help a person heal fast and easy.
Dissolvable stitches are very useful and stay intact right up to the point where your wound heals and fades. If you see that your stitches are still intact causing irritation even after your wound has healed then it is better to visit your physician for help. Your doctor will inspect your skin and remove any loose ends that are associated with your stitches.
Stitching material varies from one another to a great extent and material used to make stitches is based on various elements. For example stitches used to cover up plastic surgeries and to avoid scarring normally consist of dissolvable stitches. Thicker woven stitches are used in areas where scarring is not an issue or where the wound is deep. Stitches also vary in flexibility depending on where they are used. for example highly active areas of the body require highly flexible stitching so that the job of healing is done without any tearing.
How Long Will Stitches Take to Dissolve?
The dissolvable rate of any stitching is based on the area that the stitches are located. Stitches that are located on the surface on your skin for smaller wounds will dissolve in no time owing to the fact that they are dissolvable stitches but stitches that are for deeper wounds will take much longer to dissolve so as to make sure that the stitches do not dissolve before the wound has healed.
One of the most important things to know about dissolving stitches is that the time it takes to dissolve depends on what material the stitches are made of. Most stitches take as little as 1 or 2 weeks to dissolve up to a certain extent when the wound has healed. It is best to visit your doctor at this time to allow a nurse to remove the ends of the stitching. A doctor will be able to give you the estimated time that it takes for you stitching to dissolve.
There are a few known cases where dissolvable stitches do not dissolve properly. This is mainly caused by stitches that are out of the body and away from the dissolving affect of your body’s fluids. At this time it is best to get your stitches removed by a professional doctor.
Caring for Dissolvable Stitches
Protect Stitches. Constant scratching of your stitches is bound to cause damage therefore it is better that you do not scratch your stitches at any point in time even though they are strong. It is always better to keep your stitches clean at all times so that they dissolve naturally. If you are tending to a child it is always better to keep your child away from sand, mud and salty water as it may cause added reactions to your stitches. It is always better to avoid any kind of sports or swimming at this time so that you can give your stitches a chance to heal naturally. Your physician is the best person that will be able to give you an entire list of things that you should avoid so as to let your stitches heal naturally.
Beware of Infection. Infection is why you need to call your doctor whenever you are feeling down for the count per say. Infection can be caused during the process of taking care of the stitches and may include redness around the area affected, pus or swelling around the wound, intense pain around the wound or even fever at some point, itchiness and so on. It is quite easy to treat an infection if you catch it at the right time and take your doctor’s advice on the matter of dissolvable stitches.