Comparison of Different Suture Techniques
Sayhan, Mustafa Burak
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Aim: Traumas are frequent causes of presentation to emergency departments. Suturing is usually required in treatment of patients with scalp laceration. This study aimed to investigate different suture methods with respect of patient satisfaction, wound healing, and treatment cost in patients with scalp laceration. Material and Method: A total of 60 patients were included in the study. The patients were divided into 3 groups; traditional suturing (Group 1), stapling (Group 2), and the tissue adhesive (Group 3) groups. Chi-Square and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used for comparison of the groups. A p value less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Two-thirds of the patients were male. The patient satisfaction was highest in the Group 3 (p<0.05). Tissue adhesive group had the lowest treatment cost (p<0.05). Discussion: In contrast to existing traditional belief, the alternative suture methods, i.e. tissue adhesives and staples are not expensive. The patient satisfaction was highest in the tissue adhesive group.