Laceration and Wound Care
Providing both comprehensive wound assessment and care, we use a variety of methods to repair moderate to serious tears and cuts to the skin. Mild lacerations can generally be treated at home. We invite you to call for a consultation to discuss the level of care needed before you visit our medical clinic for assistance.
Signs that your wound requires medical attention include:
- Exposed muscle, tendon, bone or fat
- The presence of dirt and debris, even after cleaning
- The impression that something is in the cut or tear
- Excessive bleeding
- Uneven or jagged edges
- A depth of more than an ⅛”
- Cuts located on high-stress locations; including the hands, joints, feet and chest
- Increased possibility of intense scarring
Utilizing both innovative and tried-and-true methods of laceration repair, we care for a variety of wounds. Our techniques for wound repair include:
Dermabond – used on the face, arms, torso and legs, Dermabond is a highly effective, skin-safe glue, that closes cuts and tears.
Steri-Strips – for wounds and lacerations that are clean, shallow and have straight edges, steri-strips help easily close wounds that can be pushed together. Steri-strips typically fall off on their own or are removed after five to seven days.
Stitches – used when wounds are deep and bleeding profusely, as well as those that have jagged edges or exposed muscle and fat, stitches can be sewn both under and above the skin to provide complete closure. Stitches are removed after about 10 to 14 days.
Staples – best for wounds on the scalp, neck, arms, legs, torso and buttocks, staples are used to close serious lacerations that require more bonding strength than what the other techniques provide.
Don’t let a wound become a danger to your health; if you are concerned about any injuries or wounds, our community medical clinic wants to provide you compassionate care. Schedule an appointment today!
In case of a medical emergency, call for immediate attention by dialing 911.