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What thread do doctors use when giving stitches (sutures)?

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Doctors can use different types of surgical thread made from materials such as silk or nylon, which may be in single filaments or braided. There's even surgical thread that dissolved over time so that the stitches don’t have to be removed. These are used most frequently in deep cuts.

From: Getting Stitches (Sutures) WebMD Medical Reference

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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