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Staples in the leg after an injury on the calf. Blood near the wound. Need to get it cleaned?

I had staples put in my leg last Saturday after ripping open my calf. No tendon/ligament damage. There is still dried blood on the staples/line and a couple seem loose. Should be cleaning the dried blood off or just leave it? I have been washing myself with gentle dove soap and just letting it run over the staples, then air dry. I put non stick pads, then wrap with gauze, then the ace compression wrap.
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
Definitely you can clean the dried blood with any antiseptic lotion and keep the area clean and dry.
They appear as loose but infact they are not, as they hold the skin edges just in approximation (unlike the conventional sutures which position the skin edges tithtly) to allow the healing of suture line.
The rest of the things you are doing with regard to wound care is perfect.
Good day. Regards
Answered: Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ralph Chambers's  Response
Hi--washing the area gently with soap and water, drying it, and then putting on a bandage as you are doing--all that is perfectly fine. Unless the wound begins to open up where the loose staples are, nothing to worry about. If that happens, those staples need to be removed
Answered: Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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