Understanding the Different Ways Your Laceration Can Be Treated

Understanding the Different Ways Your Laceration Can Be Treated

Your skin is your first line of defense against disease and injury, and one of the most common ways skin gets damaged is through cuts and bruises. This can be from a multitude of events, including scraping your knee, bruising from blunt force trauma, and getting cut from something sharp or broken. 

Cuts in particular, also referred to as lacerations, can be dangerous if they’re deep enough, or get infected. Lacerations are one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits, making up about seven to nine million hospital visits annually (8.2% per year). How you get a laceration treated can depend on many factors, and they can be treated in a variety of ways. 

Let’s examine the types of lacerations, what factors influence treatment, and when your laceration needs medical attention. Residents of the Bakersfield, California looking to get a laceration treated can get comprehensive care with Dr. Yadwinder Kang and the staff at 1st Choice Urgent Care.

Types of lacerations

Any laceration is an open wound, which is an injury that leaves your internal tissue exposed to the external environment. Common things that cause lacerations like sharp objects are just one way your skin can be cut open, there are other way this can happen including:

Avulsions

This forceful tearing of your skin is the result of violent events, like explosions, car accidents, and animal attacks.

Punctures

A small opening, often formed by a sharp, thin cylindrical object such as a needle or a splinter. However, other powerful punctures can be made by knives, gunshots, and larger blunt objects with enough force.

Incisions

This clean straight cut into your skin is often the result of a surgical procedure, using a scalpel. But, it can also be the result of knives, broken glass, razor blades, and other objects that can penetrate the skin with similar effectiveness.

Basic steps for managing lacerations

When taking care of a laceration or any open wound, whether at home or in an emergency room, there are several important things to bear in mind:

Procedures for treating lacerations

The type of injury is important to understand when discussing the treatment of a laceration. How it is treated will depend on the type of injury, the damage to surrounding tissue, and how it needs to be closed. These are the ways lacerations are closed:

Sutures

Sutures (commonly known as stitches) are a type of synthetic thread used to sew wounds closed. They are often used for deep cuts and surgical procedures, and some types of sutures can be made to dissolve so they don’t need to be removed over time.

Staples

This method is used for holding a wound together in areas where there is a lot of movement, such as the abdomen. They are sterile to prevent infection, and are painless to remove once they have served their purpose.

Surgical glue

This method acts like a superglue to help close small incisions that require less work to hold in place while healing. It wears off over time, and can be used on sutures to reinforce a laceration while closing.

Steristrips

These strips of sterile adhesive material are used to tape wounds closed, and are also used on smaller wounds that don’t require much effort to hold in place. They are generally worn until they fall off on their own.

If you get a laceration that requires medical attention, we have many ways to help get your injury under control and start the healing process. So, if you need help dealing with your wounds, make an appointment with Dr. Kang and 1st Choice Urgent Care today.

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