A sutured (stitched) wound will be sore and tender when the anaesthetic wears off usually between 1 to 2 hours after the procedure.

For the next 48 hours, leave the dressing in place and keep the area dry. Rest the area and avoid any strenuous exertion.

If the wound bleeds, elevate the area if possible and apply a cold pack. Press the cold pack firmly directly over the wound for at least 20 minutes. If bleeding continues despite adequate pressure, seek further medical advice.

After 48 hours you can remove the dressing and shower as normal, letting water run over the wound. Avoid touching the area and allow it to air dry before applying a new dressing.
If the wound becomes painful, take Paracetamol rather than Aspirin as this may induce bleeding.
Smoking delays healing so try to avoid smoking until your stitches are removed.

Contact our practice on 9880 7688 if the wound becomes increasingly painful after 3-4 days or if you notice any discoloured discharge coming from the area.

DO NOT go swimming until the wound is fully healed as swimming may increase the chance of infection.
Once healed, the scar may be red and slightly raised. After several months it will settle to a more flesh-coloured flat scar.


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