Urgent Care for Stitches

When To Visit Urgent Care For Stitches

When life’s little mishaps leave you needing more than a Band-Aid, deciding whether to head to the Emergency Room (ER) or an urgent care clinic for stitches can feel daunting. Both options have their merits, but understanding which is the best fit for your situation can save you time, money, and stress. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between ER and urgent care, helping you make an informed choice the next time you face a cut that needs more than just a band-aid to heal. 

 Urgent Care or Emergency Room for Stitches?

Determining whether a cut requires stitches at an urgent care clinic or an emergency room depends on the severity and characteristics of the cut. While both settings can provide medical care, the decision to go to one over the other may be influenced by the following factors: 

Cuts that may require stitches at an urgent care clinic: 

  • Superficial cuts: Shallow cuts that involve only the outer layers of the skin and do not extend to deeper tissues may be suitable for treatment at an urgent care clinic. Examples include minor lacerations on the arms, legs, or scalp. 
  • Small to moderate-sized cuts: Cuts that are relatively small or of moderate size, generally less than 2 inches in length, may be suitable for stitching at an urgent care clinic. These cuts typically have clean edges and do not involve major blood vessels or vital structures. 
  • Gluing available for wounds that are shorter in length, do not gape open or are easily reapproximated with little pressure, and are relatively clean and recent. 

Cuts that may require stitches at an emergency room: 

  • Deep cuts: Cuts that are deep, extending to tendons may require evaluation and treatment at an emergency room. Deep cuts can result in significant bleeding, damage to muscles, nerves, or tendons, or pose a risk of infection. 
  • Eyelid cuts: Cuts involving the eyes, or other delicate structures, may necessitate evaluation by a specialized healthcare professional, such as a plastic surgeon, who may be readily available in an emergency room. 
  • Bleeding that is difficult to control: If the bleeding from a cut does not subside with direct pressure or is profuse, it may require immediate attention in an emergency room. 

Ultimately, the decision of whether to seek care at an urgent care clinic or an emergency room for a cut should be based on the severity and nature of the wound, the presence of associated symptoms, and the assessment of a healthcare professional. When in doubt, it is advisable to seek medical attention in an emergency room to ensure appropriate and timely treatment. 

Complete Health Partners Urgent Care for Stitches

At Complete Health Partners, we get that accidents and lacerations can strike at any moment. That’s why our dedicated medical team is here to provide exceptional care whenever you need stitches. With our expertise and modern facilities, we offer prompt, effective stitching services for minor to moderate wounds. Our compassionate healthcare providers will assess your injury, clean and prepare the area, and expertly apply stitches to ensure proper healing. Our walk in clinics are open 7 days a week in Nashville and Hendersonville, giving you access to the care you need when you need it.

Nashville Area Clinics     

Nashville West Clinic    

6749 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209   


9am – 7pm, 7 days a week    

Hendersonville Clinic    

166 E Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075   


9am – 7pm, 7 Days a week

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