Except for those on the face, suturesleft in a few extra days pose little extrarisk and are less likely to result in dehiscence.
Except for those on the face, sutures left in a few extra days pose little extra risk and are less likely to result in dehiscence. Remove sutures according to the following schedule:
•5 days: facial wounds.
•10 days: all wounds not included in the 5-, 15-, or 20-day categories.
•15 days: wounds under tension; on the lower extremities; or in patients who are elderly, take corticosteroids, have diabetes, or are at risk for delayed healing at distal sites.
•20 days: wounds in patients with multiple risk factors for dehiscence or slow healing.
- D. Brady Pregerson, MD