Dr. Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Laceration repair for wound closure is a common encounter in various clinical settings involving patient care and when closing a wound that requires suture repair, absorbable versus nonabsorbable suture repair is evaluated. When choosing to use absorbable versus non-absorbable sutures, considering the type of suture involves several elements. The elements evaluated look at decreasing risk of infection wound dehiscence, and aesthetic appearance. Evidence as to whether to use absorbable versus nonabsorbable sutures include studies looking at the cosmetic outcomes of laceration repair, the mechanical properties of both, and the comparison of both for surgical repair of wounds. Recommendations based on clinical research show that absorbable sutures in various postoperative settings prove superior. Aesthetically speaking, scar assessment evaluation by type of suture material used. Finally, given the outcome perspectives of patients, suture type is evaluated in the clinic and outpatient setting.
"Absorbable Versus Non-Absorbable Sutures in Surgery,"
Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science: Vol. 1
, Article 79.
Available at: https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/dmscjournal/vol1/iss3/79
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