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C-section closures debated

Should women get stitches or staples?


Surgeons close the wound left after cesarean section in a number of ways, including staples or different types of stitches, which may need to be removed or are absorbed back into the body. But until now, little has been known about the cosmetic appearance that results after different methods. Reuters reports on a new study that says women seem to have similar results whether the wound is closed with stitches or staples. In it, Italian researchers looked at 180 women undergoing a C-section who had one of four methods of wound closure: staples or one of three different types of stitches, including absorbable types and those that had to be removed. Similar aesthetic results were generally achieved regardless of the type of wound closure, although results varied from patient to patient, and depend on other factors like skin tone, smoking, and some medical condition like diabetes.


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