Why did I get staples instead of stitches?
Staples may be simpler, stronger, and speedier to use to close large, open wounds than traditional stitches, and may be used after major surgery. For example, staples are often used after C-sections because they help the incision heal faster while also reducing scar appearance.
Do staples or stitches scar more?
Between 2013 and 2016, 163 women were analyzed, including 84 who received staples and 79 receiving sutures. There was some variance in weight and aging, but women with staples reported worse median cosmetic scores, darker scar color, and more skin marks compared to women with suture closure.
How far apart are surgical staples?
When properly placed, the crossbar of the staple is elevated a few millimeters above the skin surface. Place staples about 0.5 to 1 cm apart. Place enough staples to allow for proper apposition of the wound edges.
What happens if staples stay in too long?
What Happens If You Leave Stitches (or Staples) in Too Long? Get your stitches out at the right time. Stitches that are left in too long can leave skin marks and sometimes cause scarring. Delays also make it harder to take the stitches out.
Do they numb you when you get staples out?
What happens when I get stitches or staples? Before the doctor stitches or staples your cut, they will clean out the cut well. They will also give you numbing medicine so that you don‘t feel pain when the stitches or staples go in.
Can I shower with staples?
Staples and Stitches: You can wash or shower 24 hours after surgery unless you’re directed otherwise by your healthcare provider. Clean the area with mild soap and water and gently pat dry with a clean cloth. Your provider will remove your staples when your wound is healed.
Which is worse stitches or staples?
Quick placement: Stapling is about three to four times faster than traditional suturing. Fewer Infections: Stapling is associated with lower tissue reaction and a lower risk of infection when compared to stitches.
Why do you put Vaseline on stitches?
Lightly pat the wound dry and then apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline®). This will help keep the wound moist and allow it to heal faster with less scarring. Continue applying the petroleum jelly until the wound has fully healed. Open wounds heal more slowly.
What to do after staples are removed?
Care for your wound:
Gently wash your wound with soap and warm water daily. Lightly pat it dry. Do not cover your wound unless your healthcare provider tells you to. You may also need to clean your wound with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
How painful is staple removal?
How are stitches and staples removed? It usually doesn’t hurt when the doctor removes the stitches or staples. You may feel a tug as each stitch or staple is removed. You will either be seated or lying down.
How long should you keep a dressing on stitches?
The original dressing can be left in place for up to two days (or as advised by the nurse/doctor), as long as it is not oozing. The wound must be kept dry for two days. If the dressing becomes wet from blood or any other liquid, it must be changed.
How do staples stitches work?
When using linear staplers, the surgeon uses the handles at one end to close the “jaws” of the stapler at the other end over the tissue. When the surgeon fires the stapler, a row of staples binds the tissue together and a blade cuts the tissue between the staples. The process seals the open wound to prevent bleeding.
Can staples fall out on their own?
Your healthcare provider will slide the tool under each staple, squeeze the handle, and gently pull the staple out. Medical tape will be placed on your wound once your staples are removed. This will help keep your wound closed. The medical tape will fall off on its own after several days.
How do you sleep with staples in your head?
Do not sleep on the side of the body with the wound. Do not bend over with your head lower than your heart level. Bend at the knees to stoop down. Be careful not to lift anything heavy or do anything to cause strain on staples.
What supplies do you need to remove staples from a wound?
Gather appropriate supplies. Gather sterile staple extractors, sterile dressing tray, non-sterile gloves, normal saline, Steri-Strips, and sterile outer dressing.