Suture Removal


If your child received stitches (a suture) for a wound, they will have them removed once the wound has healed. Suture removal is best done by your child’s doctor to avoid reopening the wound and introducing infection. Using the proper tools, they will cut and remove your child’s stitches safely.


When your child’s doctor has determined that your child’s wound has healed, they will perform the suture removal. Using sterile equipment, they will gently pull up on the knot on one side of the stitch with tweezers, and snip it off with scissors. They will repeat this process on the other side of the stitch. Once both knots are removed, they will use the tweezers to gently pull up on the remaining stitch until it slips out of the skin.