Surgical staples are used to connect a surgical incision or wound with smooth edges. The time you wear the braces depends on the patient's wound and how quickly it heals. The staples are usually removed in a doctor's office or hospital. This article describes how doctors remove surgical staples.
Method 1 of 1: Remove the staples with a scooper
Step 1. Cleanse the wound
Saline, an antiseptic such as alcohol, or sterile swabs are used to remove foreign matter or dried-on fluid from the wound, depending on how long the incision is.
Step 2. Slide the bottom of the scraper under the middle of the staple
Start at the edge where the cut has already tightened.
Doctors use this special tool to remove surgical staples
Step 3. Fully squeeze the scooper handles
The top of the stapler will push against the middle of the staple, causing the edges of the staple to pull out of the cut.
Step 4. Release the pressure on the handles and remove the bracket
After removing the staples, place them in a disposable container or pouch.
- The medical brace must be pulled in the same direction as it entered to avoid tearing the skin.
- You may feel a slight tingling, twitching, or burning sensation. This is fine.
Step 5. Remove the rest of the staples with a scraper
Once you reach the end of the cut, take another look at the entire area and make sure you haven't missed any staples. This will help prevent future skin irritation and infections
Step 6. Clean the wound again with an antiseptic
Step 7. Apply a dry bandage or bandage as needed
The type of coverage depends on how well the wound has healed.
- Use a butterfly patch if the skin is still parted. It will provide support and help prevent a larger scar from forming.
- Use a light gauze bandage to prevent irritation. It will act as a buffer between the affected area and the clothing.
- Leave the healing incision open if possible. Do not cover the affected area with clothing to avoid irritation.
Step 8. Watch for signs of infection
The redness around the closed incision should go away within a few weeks. Follow your doctor's advice on wound care and be aware of the following signs of infection:
- Redness and irritation around the affected area.
- The damaged area is hot to the touch.
- Increased pain.
- Yellow or green discharge.