Dr. Petropoulos is fully equipped and experienced to repair most skin lacerations. Please contact us Potomac Medial Aesthetics to have your cut or laceration evaluated and repaired.
Potomac Medical Aesthetics can provide laceration repair and assessment in our facility rather than having to wait in an emergency department or urgent care facility. Dr. Petropoulos has over 20 years of experience repairing traumatic lacerations.
Laceration repair and suturing of lacerations is performed to repair a cut in the skin and or other tissue. Sutures are the same as stitches.
Proper laceration preparation and repair results in the best cosmetic outcome.
Sometimes there may be underlying damage to nerves, tissue or blood vessels that needs immediate evaluation by a trained physician.
The main goals behind a repair of a laceration include:
- Stopping bleeding
- Cleaning and removal of foreign bodies/dead tissue
- Prevention of bacterial infections
- Preservation of function
- Restoration of cosmetic appearance
- Minimization of scarring
Dr. Petropoulos will evaluate your cut or laceration and first clean the wound thoroughly to minimize risk of infection and future complications. He will then decide if your specific laceration requires sutures and which sutures would be appropriate for the kind of break in your skin that you have sustained. Sometimes special skin glue and taping is used to close skin tears without the use of sutures.
At the same time the specific tissue or skin laceration is evaluated for underlying tissue, vascular structure or nerve damage. If there appears to be nerve or vascular damage, Dr. Petropoulos will get in touch with the appropriate vascular surgeon, neurosurgeon or plastic surgeon to assist with the care of your injury. Many times a laceration does not involve underlying damage but it is imperative for future function to rule out underlying injury.
After the area is examined thoroughly the skin laceration is cleaned using sterile washes and foreign bodies and objects if present are removed. Once the wound or skin break is evaluated, the area is numbed by injection of local anesthetics such as lidocaine. Sometimes with deeper lacerations absorbable sutures are placed in the tissue to help bring the tissue and skin better together.
Sutures help bring the skin together so that it may heal properly with limited scarring and risk of infection. It is necessary that the wound or suture site is monitored for signs of infection.
Traumatic wound or break in the skin can be closed with different sutures. Sutures usually used for skin lacerations are non-absorbable and are usually removed in 7 to 10 days depending on the site of the laceration and mobility of the site.
Some lacerations require oral antibiotics.. Human or animal bite cuts and wounds are more likely to become infected and require oral antibiotics. You may also require a tetanus vaccine if you have not recently had one or the object in which the cut occurred from was rusty or metal based.
Although we do not participate with insurance plans, we will generate a statement that you can submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
Some lacerations may require x-rays before treatment. We will refer you to a local x-ray facility if necessary before repair of the laceration.