A cut on your hand can be on your fingers, your thumb, or the front or back of your hand. Sometimes a cut can injure the tendons, blood vessels, or nerves of your hand.
The doctor used stitches to close the cut. Using stitches also helps the cut heal and reduces scarring. The doctor may have given you a splint to help prevent you from moving your hand, fingers, or thumb.
If the cut went deep and through the skin, the doctor put in two layers of stitches. The deeper layer brings the deep part of the cut together. These stitches will dissolve and don't need to be removed. The stitches in the upper layer are the ones you see on the cut.
You will probably have a bandage.
You will need to have the stitches removed, usually in 7 to 14 days. The doctor may suggest that you see a hand specialist if the cut is very deep or if you have trouble moving your fingers or have less feeling in your hand.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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