Lacerations result from the tearing of soft body tissues. When severe, they can leave the patient with permanent scarring and possible disfigurement. Fortunately, the physicians at Wisconsin Medical Group are highly experienced at treating lacerations.
If you or your client has suffered lacerations from an accident, contact us to speak to a Wisconsin Laceration Injury Doctor about the treatment options we offer.
Types of Laceration Wounds
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: These are the most common type of laceration. 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: These are 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: These lacerations 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: These injuries are the least common. They occur when a singular directional force pulls on the skin or muscle, causing it to sever or stretch completely.
Tearing Lacerations: Happen when the tissue or skin is pulled in two different directions, causing a tear.
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Treatment for Laceration Injuries
The immediate concern with laceration injuries is the loss of blood. If left untreated, it could be fatal. There is also the risk of the wound getting infected. This is why the wound should be sterilized. Aside from that, patients with severe lacerations run the risk of scarring or disfigurement. This could necessitate plastic surgery.
Overall, your doctor’s treatment option will depend on the severity and nature of the lacerations. The minor ones can be treated at home through the following steps:
- Applying direct pressure to stop the bleeding
- Cleaning the laceration with warm water and soap
- Applying an antibiotic ointment on the wound to prevent infection
- Covering it with a sterile bandage
That said, it is recommended that you see a doctor right away if:
- You cannot clean the laceration.
- The wound is deep or is over a joint
- After a few days, the laceration has not begun to heal.
- It appears to be infected.
- You haven’t had a tetanus shot or booster in the past 5 to 10 years.
If you have an open 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.
Schedule a Consultation with a Wisconsin Laceration Injury Doctor Today
Apart from treating these injuries, our Wisconsin Laceration Injury Doctors are skilled at maintaining medical records. We understand that our patients may need them to file for compensation.
If you have a client who has incurred mild to severe lacerations, please refer them to us. We will help put them on the way to recovery.