How should sutures be removed?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Proper suture removal technique is essential for maintaining good results after sutures are properly selected and executed. Sutures are gently elevated with forceps, and one side of the suture is cut. The suture is then gently grasped by the knot and gently pulled toward the wound or suture line until the suture material is completely removed. If the suture is pulled away from the suture line, the wound edges may separate. Steri-Strips may be applied with a tissue adhesive to provide continued supplemental wound support after the sutures are removed.


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