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What thread do doctors use for stitches?

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Doctors can use different types of surgical thread made from materials like silk or nylon. It may be in single strand or braided. There's even surgical thread that dissolves over time so the doctor doesn't have to remove your stitches (you may hear them called sutures). These are mostly used for deep cuts.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Nemours Health System: "How Stitches Help Kids Heal."

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lacerations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Nemours Health System: "How Stitches Help Kids Heal."

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lacerations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 15, 2019

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