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Stitches URGENT

Posted by spburchill on 3/3/2011 at 18:04

Hello all,
I am in Vang Vieng and had six stitches place under my right eye on my cheek bone area after taking a fall. Of course Vang Vieng right. Anyways, I am looking for any information on getting the stitches out in Hanoi Vietnam as I am trying to get out of here, or to stay in Vang Vieng for the next few days and get them removed. I really am trying to not go to Vientiane.
The stitches were really well done and the wound is clean.

#1 spburchill has been a member since 12/11/2010. Posts: 3

Posted by svendj on 3/3/2011 at 20:10

the doctor probably told you when you had to go back to get them removed, well wait for a day extra and take em out yourself if you think you can do it. Taking out stitches doesn't hurt or anything, just cut the top of and pull it slowly.

Though wouldn't recommend if you're not certain :). I know a good hospital in Ho Chi Minh: http://www.gfmer.ch/International_activities_En/FValse_FVH.htm. had to go there for like 3 times already.
Nice and clean hospital, good service. you will pay the same as going to the doctor back home but it's just fine if you have insurance.

recommendation for other travelers as well if you get something!

#2 svendj has been a member since 30/4/2010. Location: Belgium. Posts: 196

Posted by spburchill on 3/3/2011 at 20:38

Thanks. I've contemplated doing that. Only concern I have is that it is on my face! It is definitely an option though. Any good hospitals in Hanoi?

#3 spburchill has been a member since 12/11/2010. Posts: 3

Posted by goonistik on 4/3/2011 at 12:19

I've found the US Embassy websites a good starting point when looking for medical care.


#4 goonistik has been a member since 7/1/2010. Location: Philippines. Posts: 563

Posted by travellingsarah on 4/3/2011 at 22:43 TF writer

There are some Western oriented hospitals in Hanoi - pricey though of course. Try Family Medical Practice or SOS International or the French Hospital. From what I hear, FMP is the best of the three.



#5 travellingsarah has been a member since 23/3/2010. Location: Vietnam. Posts: 684

Posted by exacto on 5/3/2011 at 07:51

sorry, i don't have a specific recommendation for you, but in addition to checking with the us embassy websites as recommended above, most travel insurance policies, if you have one, include a 24-hour hotline to help you locate the nearest appropriate medical center.

get well soon! cheers.

#6 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,809

Posted by tyler on 5/3/2011 at 11:24

I was in the exact situation 3 years ago...first, do not remove the stitches yourself as the smallest piece of thread left will give a nasty infection. Second, go to an SOS International clinic. The doctor consult will set you back about 100$ but if the wound is clean you might get away with only seeing a nurse. The French run clinics are very clean and modern. And you travel insurance will provide an eventual refund. Third, you will need or are already taking antibiotics for infection...if you need more the chances of receiving a placebo here are minimal. And finally, the staff here will only take out the stitches when your wound is ready for it.
Good luck...and finish your antibiotics! Cellulitis is terrible!

#7 tyler has been a member since 7/12/2010. Location: Canada. Posts: 257

Posted by spburchill on 7/3/2011 at 16:21

Thank you all for your help!
I got into Hanoi on a sleeper bus and had it bandaged up the whole time to decrease risk of infection. I emailed Hanoi Family Medical Clinic and they told me to come in once I had arrived. I got there filled out hte paperwork and was told it would cost me $22 USD to remove the 6 stitches. The clinic was very clean and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the same situation. All good now. The nurse was also very impressed by the quality of the stitches done in Vang Vieng
Thank you all!

#8 spburchill has been a member since 12/11/2010. Posts: 3

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