Cuts that affect the face, are deep, impact a blood vessel, or bleed profusely require medical intervention, but there are steps you can take to control the bleeding and prevent infection while in transit to urgent care. First, apply direct pressure to the wound using an absorbent material like a towel or T-shirt. Then, elevate the wound to a level higher than your heart if possible.
Minor cuts are common and can be treated easily without medical intervention by following these steps:
Getting sutures would be painful if it wasn’t for local anesthesia. The doctor injects anesthesia near the injury, which makes you numb and eliminates pain from both the injury itself and the process of suturing. The numbing injection is more painful in some areas than others, but is still the most comfortable option for you.
The timing for suture removal depends on the depth of the laceration and the location of the injury. In general, sutures are removed 3-10 days after the initial visit. The staff will let you know when to return for suture removal before you leave Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine.
If you have a laceration that requires medical attention and don’t get the treatment you need, complications can occur. Common complications include infection in the wound and surrounding bone or tissue, poor healing, and severe or unsightly scarring. If you aren’t sure if your injury requires sutures, visit Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine for evaluation to avoid complications.
There are a few restrictions. Sutures should be kept clean and dry, which means that swimming, hot tubs, baths, and dishwashing (for wounds on the hand, wrist, or forearm) should be avoided while the sutures are in place.
At Mansfield Urgent Care & Family Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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