What is a Laceration?
A laceration is a deep cut or tear in skin tissue and/or muscle. If this occurs, a laceration repair may be required. This procedure includes cleaning, preparing and closing the wound. Deep cuts tend to require care beyond bandages – like stitches, and Adena Health Primary Care services can care for any laceration repair your family may need.
The types of cuts and wounds that may need medical repair usually have some of all of the following characteristics:
- Exposed muscle, fat, tendon or bone
- Dirt and debris in the wound, even after cleaning
- Feeling as if something is in the wound
- Continued bleeding even after applying direct pressure for 10-15 minutes
- Jagged or uneven edges
- A deep cut more than 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep
- Location on area of high stress, such as joints, hands, feet or chest
- Possible severe scarring
How Does Laceration Repair Work?
There are a few different strategies for repairing laceration wounds:
- Dermabond, which is a special glue that holds a wound together. Dermabond can be used on the face, arms, legs and torso. It cannot be used for lacerations over joints, lisp, deep cuts or most hand and foot cuts.
- Steri-strips, which are adhesive strips that close wounds that are clean, shallow and have straight edges that can be pushed closed easily. These either fall off on their own or can be removed after 5 to 10 days.
- Stitches, which is essentially sowing a wound shut. Stitches are used for deep cuts with heavy bleeding and jagged edges that expose fat, muscle or both. The area is first cleaned with iodine, and ultimately the stitches will just dissolve into the body. They don’t usually need to be manually removed.
- Staples are used for lacerations on the scalp, neck, arms, legs, buttocks or torso. The area is cleaned with iodine before the wound is stapled shut. Staples need to be removed after 5 to 10 days.
- Hair tying, which is reserved for scalp lacerations. This works by gathering hair to pull a wound on the scalp closed. The hair is rubber banded and glued together with Dermabond to keep the wound closed while it heals. Rubber bands are taken out in a week to 10 days.
Laceration Repair at Adena Health System
For more information about deep cuts and laceration repair or other primary care services, request an appointment with one of Adena’s board-certified primary care physicians.
Primary care physicians are trained to look at you holistically and determine the root of your health problems. If you are having a health problem, they will order tests and consultations, if needed, with specialists.
In a day and age when personal connections with healthcare providers continue to become more challenging, Adena primary care physicians are taking steps to increase your access to them and in turn for you to receive the most personal care possible.
Need help finding a Primary Care Provider? Search Adena Health System online or call 740-779-FIND (3463)