Total Hip Arthroplasty and Surgical Wound Closure: Sutures Versus Staples
- *Corresponding Author:
- Justin T Newman
University of Colorado
School of Medicine
Department of Orthopaedics 12631 E. 17th Ave
Mail Stop B202, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: Octomber 18, 2013; Accepted Date: December 24, 2013; Published Date: December 31, 2013
Citation: Newman JT, Morgan SJ, Dayton MR, Resende GV, Williams AE (2013) Total Hip Arthroplasty and Surgical Wound Closure: Sutures Versus Staples. Orthop Muscul Syst 2: 140. doi: 10.4172/2161-0533.1000140
Copyright: © 2013 Newman JT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Discrepancies exist between studies that compare sutures and staples. We retrospectively reviewed 142
consecutive cases of total hip arthroplasty that had surgical wound re-approximation by either staples or absorbable
subcuticular sutures. To our knowledge, this is the largest analysis of its kind in the literature. There were equal
numbers of cases of sutures and staples (n=71). Two (2.8%) patients in the staple group developed an infection (one
superficial and one organ/space) and 1 (1.4%) patient in the suture group developed a superficial infection. The mean
total surgical time for the suture group was 119.6 minutes (sd=39.0) and 115.3 minutes (sd=24.2) for the staple group.
No significant association was found between closure type and complications or surgical time (p>0.05 for all).