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Question:

Do I need stitches for a cut that I can see fat, is over a joint, doesn’t stop bleeding after 15 minutes, or is greater than 3 inches?

Answer:

Yes
MedHead Confidence Score: 3
Amount Saved: $1000 cost of delayed care from not getting stitches post
Med-O-Meter

3

MedHead Message:

You should probably get stitches if you can see fat, which means the cut is deep enough to bring the skin together surgically. You can get steri strips over the counter or use super glue for simple cuts that aren’t over joints. Save the sutures for these more complicated cuts.

References:

https://share.upmc.com/2017/02/do-i-need-stitches/

 

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