Staple Removal (No Complication)

You were seen today for a suture removal. Your wound is healing as expected. It has healed well enough that the sutures or staples were ready to be removed. The wound will continue to heal below the surface of the skin for a few months. It is unlikely that you will have any further problem.

At this time there is no sign of a wound infection. Signs of a wound infection include:

  • Increasing redness or swelling around the wound

  • Increased warmth of the wound

  • Worsening pain

  • Red streaking lines away from the wound

  • Draining pus

Home care

  • Keep the wound clean and dry. Use an adhesive strip, if needed, to keep the wound from getting dirty for the next week.

  • Wash the wound carefully with soap and water daily during the next week.

  • You may shower and bathe as usual.

  • The wound may separate, or split open. If this happens, keep it clean and covered until you follow up or return for a recheck.

  • When exposed to the sun, scars can take on red or brown discoloration. To decrease scar color, protect the area from sun exposure. Use sun block for 6 to 12 months.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.

When to seek medical advice

Contact your healthcare provider right away if any of the following occur:

  • Increasing pain in the wound

  • Redness, swelling, or pus coming from the wound

  • Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Any questions about how the wound is healing

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