Medical Specialty >> Surgery

Doctors Lounge - Surgery Answers

Back to Surgery Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 8/19/2017.

Forum Name: Surgery Topics

Question: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! BLEEDING STITCHES

 EFOLKEN - Sun Sep 21, 2003 5:13 pm

My younger brother (21) severly cut his arm this morning. (9/21/03)
two cuts in the forearm penetrating skin and muscle.
we went to the emergency room and had them closed up.
internal dissolvable stitches (for the muscle) and standard on the skin.
the doctor said some seepage would be normal, and if it bled through the dressing just put more over the top. 6 hours later it is still coming through the dressing. is this something that needs to be looked at?? like maybe today?? the er said not to change the dressing til the follow-up(removal of outerstitching).
really it just seems to be constantly bleeding through the dressing.
i would greatly appreciate any advice you can give

concerned brother
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:27 pm

User avatar EFOLKEN,
Sorry for the delayed response. But I guess now we are in a better situation to tell whether this is seepage or bleeding. If it were a bleeder the amount of blood coming from the wound would quickly drench the dressing leaving no doubt whatsoever as to the seriousness of the situation. Thats all I can tell you really from here, given the limitations of the internet.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us