ACE Report #5132
Ace Report Cover General Orthopaedics

COA: No difference between sutures & staple closure complication in orthopaedic surgery

Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Sutures versus staples for wound closure in orthopaedic surgery: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Contributing Authors: JA Shantz J Vernon L Clayton J Leiter GA Stranges

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197 patients undergoing an orthopaedic surgery were randomized to wound closure with suture or staples to determine the effect of each on postoperative wound complications. Results after 6 weeks indicated that there was no statistical difference between the two wound closure methods on occurrence of wound complications. While less time was needed to perform closure with staples, less pain was expe...

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