Staple Wound Closure

Your wound has been cleaned and closed with skin staples. Please keep the area around your staples clean and dry. Rest and elevate the injured part until all the pain and swelling are gone.

  • See your doctor or return here for re-check of wound in 2 days.

  • See your doctor or return here to have your staples removed as instructed.

  • Please watch for signs of wound infection:

  • Unusual redness or swelling around the wound.

  • Increasing pain or tenderness.

  • Pus drainage.

See your doctor or return here at once if you think your wound is infected. As the wound heals, you may leave it open to the air and clean it daily with a solution of half water/half peroxide. Do not soak your wound in water for long periods. If your caregiver advised you to do so, apply antibiotic cream or ointment. Cover with a new bandage or dressing.

You might need a tetanus shot now if:

  • You have no idea when you had the last one.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot before.

  • Your wound had dirt in it.

  • If you need a tetanus shot, and you decide not to get one, there is a rare chance of getting tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.

If you got a tetanus shot, your arm may swell and get red and warm to the touch at the shot site. This is common and not a problem.