Sutures better than staples for C-sections


This sounds like a no-brainer to me. Reuters reports a prospective study found that the use of sutures to close the skin after a c-section delivery results in fewer wound complications than metal staples. Aren’t handcrafted items always better than the machine made alternative?

The complication rate was 9.1% in the suture group and 21.8% in the staple group. The staple group also had a higher rate of wound separation which can lead to infection and great scarring at 16.8% while the suture group was 4.6%. The trial included 416 women and took into consideration BMI, number of c-sections, operation time, presence of other infections medication use and other medical conditions of the pregnant women. “Perhaps staples increase bacterial migration into the incision due to the gap between staples. Or perhaps because staples are inert, they don’t cause an inflammatory response, there is less remodeling and less healing of the incision,” Suzanne Basha of the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania who led the trial stated.

It makes me wonder, with the complication rate and wound separation numbers being so high, why only the c-section closures? Why not closures for all types of wounds? More and more doctors are using staples instead of sutures. They are faster, require less skill and very likely expense plays into it as well. It seems if we care about the appearance of a scar and the condition of the wound, no matter where it is or what the cause, we should talk more to our doctors about these statistics and our alternatives.

Source: Medical News Today


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