Pregnant women, should you ask for skin staples or stitches with a C-section? A meta-analysis (combined multiple studies) with 2300 patients looked at complication rate or infection, separation, hematomas (blood collections under the skin surface) and cosmetic result.
All 10 studies included showed that the staples group had an increased risk of wound complications compared with the sutures group. Otherwise, the cosmetic result between the two groups was comparable at 8 weeks postpartum, but at 12 months postpartum the suture group had a better looking scar per observer scores (and similar-resulting scar per the patient themselves).
Want more information? Journal of Maternal and Fetal Neonatal Medicine 2016:29 (22) 3. pages 3705-3711.
I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients.
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