We’re here to stitch you up seven days a week.

With extended hours, no appointment needed, sutures and tetanus shots, we’ll help you feel better fast! Learn when to see a doctor for cuts and lacerations.

How to know if your cut needs stitches

Whether from the slip of a kitchen knife, a piece of broken glass, or a skateboard wipe-out — cuts, scrapes, and lacerations can happen to anyone.

While some cuts and lacerations can be easily treated at home, others require medical attention. Samaritan Medical Care Center can treat most cuts and is prepared to treat you on-site with sutures, and, if needed, tetanus shots.

Head into Gateway Family & Urgent Care now if your cut or laceration:

  • is jagged
  • is on your face
  • has edges that gape open
  • may have damaged deeper tissues such as nerves, tendons, or joints
  • feels numb
  • has dirt or debris in it
  • continues bleeding after 20 minutes of firm, direct pressure

As always, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department for serious or life-threatening injuries.

Avoid ugly scars and infection

Cuts and lacerations can lead to infection and scarring if they are not properly cleaned and treated. Depending on the circumstances of your cut and general health, your doctor may recommend a tetanus booster or a round of antibiotics.

Don’t wait. If your cut may need stitches, see a doctor today at Samaritan Medical Care Center in Mission Viejo or Lake Forest.