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J Reprod Med. 1997 Oct;42(10):627-30.

Closure of Pfannenstiel skin incisions. Staples vs. subcuticular suture.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women & Infants' Hospital, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare skin closure with staples and subcuticular suture.

STUDY DESIGN:

Obstetric patients undergoing cesarean section with a Pfannenstiel incision were prospectively randomized to skin closure with staples or subcuticular suture. Pain and cosmesis were assessed postoperatively.

RESULTS:

Patients reported significantly less pain following subcuticular closure at both the time of discharge (P < or = .01) and the postoperative visit (P < or = .002). Incisions closed with subcuticular suture were found to be more cosmetically attractive by both patients (P = .04) and physicians (P = .01) at the postoperative visit.

CONCLUSION:

Pfannenstiel skin incisions closed with subcuticular closure following cesarean section result in less postoperative discomfort and are more cosmetically appealing at the six-week postoperative visit as compared to incisions closed with staples.

PMID:
9350017
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