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Staple & Suture Removal

What are staples and sutures?

Staples are small metal clips that hold a wound closed. Sutures are what most people call stitches, and are typically made of a material similar, but stronger, than thread. Both staples and sutures are used to hold a wound closed to promote healing.

Who is staple & suture removal recommended for?

It is important for staples and sutures to be removed in a timely manner to prevent scarring and inflammation. Staples and sutures removed too early or too late can lead to scarring, infection, re-opening, delayed healing, and other complications.

Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions based on your individual wound. Generally, staples and sutures should typically be left in for the following amounts of time:

  • Face: 3-4 days
  • Neck: 5 days
  • Scalp: 6-7 days
  • Arms and back of hands: 7 days
  • Chest and abdomen: 7-10 days
  • Legs and top of feet: 10 days
  • Back: 10-12 days
  • Palms of hands and soles of feet: 14 days

Visit Healthcare Clinic for evaluation of your wound to determine if removal of your staples or sutures may be performed at the clinic. Referrals may be made to other points depending on the location, size or possibility of infection of the staple or suture. Healthcare Clinic currently offers removal of staples and sutures only, not initial placement of staples or sutures.

This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.

If you believe you have a medical emergency,  please call 911.

Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.