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Laceration Repair
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Laceration repair mends a tear in the skin or other tissue

Length of surgery

Depends on the extent of the laceration





Back to work in...

A few days or more, depending on the severity of the laceration repaired

Back to the gym in...

See above

Treatment Frequency



Redness; swelling; tenderness; infection

Duration of results


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Laceration repair Surgery Costs*

Laceration repair cost varies, depending upon the severity and size of the laceration. Insurance companies do pay for the procedure. Check with your insurance carrier for more details.

Am I a candidate for laceration repair surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for laceration repair if you have sustained a laceration and it:

  1. Continues to bleed after application of pressure for ten to fifteen minutes
  2. Is more than one-eighth to one-fourth inch deep
  3. Exposes fat, muscle, tendon, or bone
  4. Causes a change in function surrounding the area of the laceration
  5. Is dirty or has visible debris in it
  6. Is located in an area where an unsightly scar is undesirable. <d dvv > dv ! dfvdf @ dvf # dv $ dgg $ g % dgf ^ fg & dfgd * g * fg ( fh


What is a laceration repair Procedure?

A laceration is a wound caused by a sharp object and usually has edges that may be jagged, dirty, or bleeding. Lacerations most often affect the skin, but any tissue may be lacerated, including subcutaneous fat, tendon, muscle, or bone. Laceration repair mends a tear in the skin or other tissue.

The laceration repair procedure is similar to repairing a tear in fabric. The four goals of laceration repair are to:

  1. Stop bleeding
  2. Prevent infection
  3. Preserve function
  4. Restore appearance.
Lacerations are less likely to become infected if they are repaired quickly after they occur. The wound is examined, cleansed and irrigated. The area is then anesthetized and sutured, within the deeper tissues as well as the skin if necessary.


Laceration repair Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Examination and cleansing of the wound

  1. The laceration repair doctor thoroughly examines the wound and the underlying tendons or nerves. Any foreign material or debris are removed very carefully, as removing foreign objects from penetrating wounds can sometimes cause bleeding. The laceration is then irrigated with saline solution and a disinfectant. An antibacterial agent may also be applied.
Step 2 - Anesthesia
  1. The laceration repair surgeon anesthetizes the area of the repair by injecting a local anesthetic.
Step 3 - The repair
  1. The laceration repair doctor may trim the edges of the wound that are jagged or very uneven. Tissue that is too damaged to heal has to be removed (debridement) to prevent infection. If the laceration is deep, several absorbable sutures are placed in the tissue under the skin to bring the tissue layers together and help to eliminate any pockets where tissue fluid or blood can accumulate. The wound is then closed with sutures, which will normally need to be removed at a later date.
Step 4 - Dressing the wound
  1. A light dressing or adhesive bandage is applied for 24 to 48 hours. In areas where a dressing cannot be used, an antibiotic ointment may be applied. If the laceration is the result of a human or animal bite, if it is very dirty, or if the patient has a medical condition that affects wound healing, oral antibiotics may be given.


Laceration repair Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

The laceration must be kept clean and dry for at least 24 hours after the laceration repair surgery. Careful, light bathing is generally allowed after 24 hours as long as the wound does not get wet. The laceration repair doctor will provide any special wound care instructions. Sutures are removed three days to two weeks after the laceration repair depending on the wound location and the laceration repair surgeon’s preference.

Laceration repair Side Effects and Surgery Risks

The laceration repair should be observed frequently for signs of infection, which include:

  1. Redness
  2. Swelling
  3. Tenderness
  4. Drainage from the wound
  5. Red streaks in the skin surrounding the repair
  6. Chills
  7. Fever
If you notice any of these symptoms, call your laceration repair doctor immediately. Wounds from bites or dirty objects or those that have a large amount of dirt in them are more likely to become infected.

All lacerations heal with a scar, although wounds that are repaired with sutures are less likely to develop unsightly scarring. Subsequent cosmetic surgery can improve the appearance of many scars.


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a laceration repair procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about laceration repair surgery. Here is an essential checklist to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for laceration repair surgery?
  2. Where is the laceration repair surgery performed?
  3. How long will the procedure take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  5. What is your experience in performing laceration repair surgery?
  6. Can I see your qualifications?
  7. Ask to see any laceration repair surgery before and after photographs of recent surgeries
  8. What percentages of your laceration repair surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  9. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  10. How much will my laceration repair surgery cost?
  11. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  12. What is the recovery and healing period for laceration repair surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
  13. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  14. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)



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