Lacerations can range from shallow cuts to deep lacerations to the bone. Lacerations if deep can lead to significant blood loss and even bone damage. Deep lacerations cannot just be treated with simple first aid, you need to get medical help as soon as possible to prevent large amounts of blood loss. Wisconsin Medical Group is skilled in treating lacerations and works to mitigate scarring and additional preventable damages. Contact us now!
Types of Lacerations treated by Milwaukee Medical Doctor
Lacerations occur when your tissue, skin, or muscle is severed. They could be caused by cuts from broken glass or trauma from hitting against an object. According to Orthopedics, lacerations can be categorized into five types:
Cut Lacerations: The most common type of lacerations. They occur when the first layer of skin is broken by a sharp object like metal or broken glass. In severe cases, the cut may extend to the underlying tissue.
Split Lacerations: Wounds that occur when a body part is crushed between two objects. The force of the compression often causes the skin or tissue to tear.
Grinding Compression: Occur when a body part hits a blunt object in a brushing motion. This usually causes the skin to peel back, leaving the epidermis exposed and causing the underneath tissue to be crushed.
Over-Stretching Lacerations: The least common type of laceration. They occur when a singular directional force pulls on the skin or muscle, causing it to sever or stretch completely.
Tearing Lacerations: Occur when the tissue or skin is pulled in two different directions, causing a tear.
How to Treat a Laceration (With Steps)
- Immediately apply pressure around the lacerated area to stop bleeding
- Clean wound with soap and warm water
- Sterilize wound with hydrogen peroxide or another medically approved disinfectant
- Apply antibiotic ointment to fight infection
- Cover with a sterile bandage. DO NOT take off the bandage if blood seeps through. Layer on to allow blood clotting.
If the wound is deep, infected, not healing, or won’t stop bleeding see a medical professional as soon as you can. Without proper treatment, lacerations can further tear and the wound will grow.
Common Laceration Repairs We Perform in Milwaukee
Wisconsin Medical Group deals with all types of lacerations including:
- Arm lacerations
- Lip lacerations
- Tongue Lacerations
- Finger lacerations
- Leg and foot lacerations
Laceration Repair and Recovery Process
If you have an open deep laceration, your doctor will likely close it using staples, stitches, liquid glue stitches, tape, or steri strips. This will stop any bleeding and lessen the chances of scarring or infection. Your physician may then remove the stitches after 4 to 14 days. However, this will depend on where the stitches are and whether you are healing. Typically, it takes about six weeks for lacerations to reach 80 percent of their healed strength. Our Milwaukee physicians will be with you the whole way and closely monitor your laceration recovery process until you are fully recovered.