Wound complications and stitch length
2004 (English)In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9294, Vol. 8, no 1, 39-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The effect of suturing with a very short stitch on the development of wound complications in midline incisions was investigated. Three hundred sixty-eight patients were analysed. The suture length to wound length ratio and mean stitch length were calculated. Wound infection occurred in 4% (four of 103) of patients sutured with a mean stitch length of less than 4 cm, in 8% (nine of 117) with stitch length 4-4.9 cm, and in 16% (24 of 148) with a longer stitch ( P=0.004). At 12-month follow up, incisional hernia was present in 3% (two of 76) of patients sutured with a mean stitch length of less than 4 cm and in 12% (25 of 215) sutured with a longer stitch ( P=0.043). In midline incisions closed with a suture length to wound length ratio of at least 4, a short stitch is associated with a lower rate of both wound infection and incisional hernia.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 8, no 1, 39-41 p.
Incisional hernia, Wound healing, Wound infection, Suture technique
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22676DOI: 10.1007/s10029-003-0159-4PubMedID: 13680306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-22676DiVA: diva2:217604