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Laceration is the medical term for a cut that breaks or tears the skin. A laceration can occur on any part of the body and can be superficial (only affecting the skin’s surface) or deep.
A laceration suspected of cutting through a tendon, ligament, or muscle should be treated by a medical professional to maintain limb or joint function. A laceration that is deep enough to cut through an artery is a life-threatening emergency.
If you’ve experienced a laceration in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, the orthopedic specialists at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals can help. Find a Doctor near you today.
The signs and symptoms of lacerations are pretty simple: a visible wound through the skin that bleeds and hurts. While lacerations on the hand, wrist, or elbow can be particularly debilitating, not all wounds need professional medical care.
The following signs and symptoms of a laceration should be treated by a medical professional:
If you’re not sure whether or not a laceration is severe enough to need medical attention, your best bet is to use caution and see a doctor.
Any skin contact with a sharp object or blunt force can cause a tear in the skin. The most common causes are falling, car accidents, industrial accidents, accidents while operating power tools or lawn and garden equipment, or something as simple as cutting your finger while chopping food.
Treatment strategies for lacerations include relieving pain, restoring function, and reducing scarring. For mild lacerations, first aid treatment such as applying a bandage may be all that’s needed. However, any moderate laceration of the hand, wrist, or arm should be examined by a medical professional.
Common treatments for moderate to severe lacerations include:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides treatment for lacerations in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, through a variety of orthopedic services.