What is Stitches?

Category: Procedures


See also: Removal of staples

Stitches, also known as sutures or surgical sutures, are medical devices used to hold tissue together after an injury or surgery. There are many different types of stitches and many different procedural techniques used. Often stitches must be removed once the tissue's healing process has resolved.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cutting (self injury) 3 2
Diagnostic assessment 1 0
Head injury 1 0
Insomnia 1 0
Self injury or harm 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Stitches

Side effect Patients
Scars 1
Soreness 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Stitches.