The physicians in Einstein's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are experienced with the specialized suture materials and in providing the meticulous technique that can minimize scarring when repairing an emergency laceration.
How Does an Emergency Laceration Repair Work?
The goal of emergency laceration repair is to avoid infection, restore function to the tissue and achieve optimal cosmetic results.
The lacerated area is anesthetized which provides the patient comfort while the plastic surgeon examines the wound and the underlying tissue. Foreign material or debris is removed from the wound and then the wound is disinfected. Damaged tissue is removed and then the plastic surgeon closes the wound with special sutures and technique to minimize scarring.
What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
- Depending on the laceration, it could take less than 15 minutes or more than an hour for the procedure.
- In some cases, pain medicine may be given to take after the procedure.
- Avoid strenuous activities when you return home.
- The laceration must be kept clean and dry for 24 hours and light bathing is permitted in 48 hours.
- There may be some mild or moderate swelling or bruising, but that usually subsides in about seven days.
- Sutures are removed five to seven days after the procedure.