Unsure if You Need Stitches? Visit Our Urgent Care Center in New York City
Small cuts are very common, and sometimes it can be difficult to tell if stitches are needed. If you’re uncertain, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Unless your wound is very deep or bleeding uncontrollably, you can skip the long line at the ER and come straight to MedRite Urgent Care in New York City. We offer non-emergency wound care every day during extended hours.
First Things First
If you think you might need stitches for a non-life-threatening wound, here’s what to do before heading to MedRite Urgent Care:
- Gently wash your wound with mild soap and water to help prevent infection
- Cover your wound with a clean cloth or bandage and apply firm, direct pressure to stop the bleeding
Once you arrive at MedRite Urgent Care, a medical professional will examine your wound and determine whether it requires stitches to minimize the risk of infection and other complications.
What Types of Wounds Need Stitches?
In general, you may need stitches or other urgent care services if your wound:
- Continues to bleed after 15 minutes of direct pressure
- Is deeper than one-quarter inch, gaping open, or deep enough that fat, muscle, or bone is visible
- Was made by a rusty metal object, such as a nail
- Is situated over a joint and the edges of the wound separate during movement
- Is located on your face or a hand or finger
What Are Stitches For?
The purpose of stitches, or sutures, is to hold a wound closed so that the skin and other tissues can fuse back together as they heal. After removing any embedded dirt or debris, a medical professional will numb the local area, then pass a special needle threaded with surgical thread through each side of the wound, tying a knot to create each stitch. You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to care for your wound and stitches at home. Once your wound has healed – which can take a few days to a few weeks – you can return to our urgent care center to have your stitches removed.
If you need non-emergency wound care, visit MedRite Urgent Care in New York City today.