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SUTURES FOR LACERATIONS
Most lacerations are minor, and repairable by primary wound closure. Primary closure technique attempt to bring the wound edges together neatly and evenly, stop any bleeding, preserve function of the tissue, prevent infection, restore cosmetic appearance, and promote rapid healing. Techniques to obtain primary closure may involve steri-strip dressings, sutures (stitches), glue, or staples.
Stitches, also known as sutures, are used to close cuts and wounds in skin. They can be used in nearly every part of the body, internally and externally. Doctors literally "sew" the skin together with individual sutures and tie a secure knot. Stitches then allow the skin to heal naturally when it otherwise may not come together.
Stitches are used to close a variety of wound types. Accidental cuts or lacerations are often closed with stitches. Also, surgeons use stitches during operations to tie ends of bleeding blood vessels and to close surgical incisions.
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