Stitches and Staples

Stitches and Staples in Oklahoma

What Are Stitches and Staples?

Stitches or staples are both methods of wound closure used in medical settings to bring the edges of a wound together and promote healing. They are commonly employed in various surgical procedures and to close lacerations or incisions resulting from injuries.

Do I Need Stitches or Staples?

The choice between stitches or staples depends on the wound’s type, size, and location. Our experienced healthcare providers will assess your wound and determine the most appropriate method for closure. Generally, stitches are preferred for smaller, shallow wounds, while staples may be used for longer and deeper incisions.

Types of Sutures: A Brief Overview

Sutures are essential in wound closure, and various types are used based on specific needs and healing requirements. Here are some common types of sutures:

  1. Absorbable Sutures: These sutures are made from materials that break down over time within the body, eliminating the need for removal. They are ideal for internal wounds and tissues that heal quickly.
  2. Non-absorbable Sutures: These sutures are made from materials that do not break down and need to be removed after the wound has healed. They are commonly used for skin closure and in areas where long-term support is necessary.
  3. Nylon Sutures: Nylon sutures are strong and versatile, suitable for various tissue types. They are commonly used in general, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular surgery.
  4. Polypropylene Sutures: These sutures are resistant to stretching, making them suitable for use in areas under tension, such as tendons and ligaments.
  5. Silk Sutures: Silk sutures are soft and pliable, often used in delicate surgeries and in areas where minimal tissue reaction is desired.
  6. Ethicon Vicryl Sutures: These sutures are a type of absorbable sutures made from a synthetic polymer material. They provide excellent support during the initial healing phase and are eventually absorbed by the body.
  7. Prolene Sutures: Prolene sutures are non-absorbable and made from a synthetic material called polypropylene. They are commonly used in cardiovascular and plastic surgery.
  8. Chromic Sutures: Chromic sutures are treated with a chromic salt solution, which delays absorption, giving them more extended support during healing.
  9. Monofilament Sutures: Monofilament sutures are single-stranded, reducing the risk of harboring bacteria and causing less tissue reaction.
  10. Braided Sutures: Braided sutures are made from several strands twisted together, providing increased tensile strength. They are useful in areas requiring additional support.

Taking Care of Stitches or Staples in Oklahoma

Proper wound care is crucial for optimal healing and minimizing the risk of infection; there is no denying that. However, that can only be made possible if the scar where stitches or staples are used is kept safe. Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Keep the Area Clean: Following your healthcare provider’s instructions, gently clean the wound with mild soap and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or rubbing the wound.
  • Cover the Wound: Keep the wound covered with a sterile bandage or dressing to protect it from dirt and bacteria.
  • Avoid Moisture: Refrain from soaking the wound in water, as excessive moisture can interfere with healing.
  • Avoid Picking or Scratching: Do not pick at or scratch the stitches or staples, as this may cause damage and delay healing.
  • Follow your health care provider’s instructions: Carefully adhere to any specific instructions your health care provider provides regarding wound care and follow-up appointments.

Possible Side Effects

While stitches or staples are generally safe, some patients may experience minor side effects, including:

  • Redness and Swelling: Mild redness and swelling around the wound are common and usually subside within a few days.
  • Pain or Discomfort: Some discomfort at the wound site is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended.
  • Itching: As the wound heals, you may experience some itching, but avoid scratching to prevent irritation.

The Process of Stitches and Staples in Oklahoma

Stitches (Sutures): Sutures are thin threads used to sew the edges of the wound together. The healthcare provider carefully inserts the stitches into the skin using a sterile needle and ties them to secure the wound closure.

Staples: Staples are metal clips that are applied using a specialized stapler. The staples are carefully aligned along the wound edges, holding them together.

Getting Stitches and Staples Removed: Quick Guide

  1. Know the right time for removal, usually within 7 to 14 days.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
  3. Keep the wound area clean and dry before the procedure.
  4. During the appointment, the provider will remove stitches with small scissors or a scalpel and staples with a staple remover tool.
  5. The procedure is quick and usually painless.
  6. Follow post-removal instructions for proper healing.
  7. Monitor the wound’s healing process and seek medical attention if needed.


The choice between stitches or staples depends on the specific wound characteristics. Both methods are effective and have their advantages.

The healing time is generally similar for both stitches or staples. Healing primarily depends on the wound's size, location, and the individual's overall health.

Yes, once the staples are removed and the wound has healed, you can typically resume normal showering.

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