Medical advice needed- can I take my stitches out myself?
Well, I’m sposed to go and have them taken out at the hospital, but seeing as how I’ve already burdened the NHS with my stupidity, I thought I’d save time and Taxpayers’ money, by doing it meself, at home.
I have a sharp, narrow tipped scalpel, and a small Leatherman.
Any reasons why I shoon’t do this at home?
Whip ’em out, bit of Germolene, plaster-sorted.
No?Posted 9 years agoroperMember
I have done it twice and my wife took some out I couldn’t reach. It’s not a problem as long as you make sure the cut has healed well and you are very clean. Start at the less deep bits just in case you have miss-judged the healing process. Also make sure you only snip one side of the stitch or you may leave a bit inside.
Good luckPosted 9 years ago
As long as you dont mind voiding your warrenty
That was voided long ago, mate!
(Phones army, to inform that Poddy is extremely dangerous, and probbly a terrorist)
I’ve got one out. Was quite easy. T’others might be a tad trickier.
S’actually a little fiddly, using only one hand.Posted 9 years agotheflatboyMember
i had to get my arm stitched up about 2 days before i went on holiday with my friends a few years back. consequently i could not attend their suggested stitch-removal appointment. i explained this to them, and they generously provided me with a scalpel for cutting the stitches and a set of tweezers to remove them, and then explained the procedure. it all went well, had to wiggle a couple to loosen them but generally successful result.Posted 9 years agoskiMember
Yep, just remember to cut next to the knot and pull at the knot end, not the other way round 😉
Not that I am qualified to give advice:
My Dad stuck a couple of stitches in my head as a kid after clashing heads playing football, he used a bit of cotton and a needle found in the bottom of a sports kit bag.
After a week, I ended up in A&E with infected scabby mess, the doc asked me at the time who has done the stitches, I replied, my Dad. To which the Doc asked if he was a Doctor, no I replied, he digs hole in roads!
The Doc. was speechless! and not too pleased 😉Posted 9 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
ski – Member
Yep, just remember to cut next to the knot and pull at the knot end, not the other way round [;-)]
What, like the midwife who came to remove my wifes stitches after her caesarian – the ones with a plastic bobble on, so you can cut on stitch, pull the bobble and out they all come? Only the midwife snipped, then tried to pull the bobble through the wound…Posted 9 years ago
All out! Last one was a bit of a bugger, because it was on the side, and tighter than the others.
Piece of piss! TBH, I was dreading actually going to have them taken out, as the person doing so can’t feel your pain, and might pull too hard or something.
So, I’ve saved the NHS money, and gained valuable medical experience. In fact, I’m virtually a doctor now, I’d say. If anyone needs help removing any stitches, I’m yer man. Just get us a few beers.
Just going to go and give it a little clean.
Hmm, ‘Dr. RudeBoy’; s’got a nice ring to it….Posted 9 years ago
Only one week later; healed up lovely. Seems a little ‘open’ on the left side of the cut, but is not bleeding at all, and inside the cut seems to have healed. Possibly cooduv been stitched a little neater on that side, but I’m not complaining. I’ll have full digit mobility, and only a small, unobtrusive scar. Has been quite painless, really. annoying more than anything. Good thing I’m left handed….
Tools for the job; din’t need the Leatherman, actually, as I puled the stitches out with me fingertips. Glad the nurse left a decent length of thread on the ends. Not quite the right type of blade, I shooduv taken the kit the nurse offered me mum (as a former nurse, she cooduve done it, but her eye-sight is not great for close up stuff these days, so she din’t want the responsibility), as it included a curved blade whch is designed for the task.
Right. I’m off to buy an avocado….Posted 9 years ago
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