Sutures or staples for Cesarean Section?

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Sutures or staples for Cesarean Section?

In most studies to date comparing sutures (stitches) versus surgical staples for closing a Cesarean Section, researchers found a 57 % reduce in wound complications in women who were sutured versus those who received staples. By deliberately dispatching the concerns that previous studies had raised, the research shows a clear aid of suture for women. Cesarean sections account for about a third of all deliveries in the United States (in China that number is as high as 46 percent). A recent (2013) study showed that over 50 % of doctors adopt to use staples over sutures, for ease of use, speed of the procedure, and for closing deeper incisions such as those in overweight women. Researchers observed that complications were 57 % less inclined to occur in patients whose incisions were closed with suture. Women whose incisions were closed with stitches were 80 % less likely to have their wound re-open to a size of >1cm, than those whose Cesarean Sections were closed with staples. Few doctors prefer the ease of stapling, and argue that the procedure is faster, which can be important in a busy labor floor. The researchers found, however, that on average suturing takes 9 minutes longer to complete than stapling.

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