Suturing Techniques Questions & Answers

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Julian Mackay-Wiggan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are the primary goals of suturing?

What is the basis for selection of suture technique?

How are the cosmetic and functional results of suturing optimized?

What are advantages and disadvantages of a simple interrupted suture technique?

What are advantages and disadvantages of a simple running suture technique?

What are indications for the running locked suture technique?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a vertical mattress suture technique?

What are indications for the half-buried vertical mattress suture technique?

What are indications for the pulley suture technique?

What are indications for the far-near near-far modified vertical mattress suture technique?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a horizontal mattress suture technique?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of half-buried horizontal suture technique?

What are indications for the absorbable buried suture technique?

What are indications for the dermal-subdermal suture technique?

What are indications for the buried horizontal mattress suture technique?

What are indications for the running horizontal mattress suture technique?

What are indications for the running subcuticular suture technique?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a running subcutaneous suture technique?

What are indications for the running subcutaneous corset plication stitch technique?

What are indications for the modified half-buried horizontal mattress suture technique?

What are indications for the deep tip stitch suture technique?

What does effective suturing technique depend on?

What are the principles of suturing technique selection?

What is the role of Biogel Puncture Indication System during suturing?

What is the basis for needle selection for suturing?

What is the basis for needle-holder selection for suturing?

What are the advantages of Polysorb sutures compare to polyglactin 910 (Vicryl) sutures?

What are the benefits of polytrimethylene carbonate (Maxon) sutures?

What are the indications for barbed suture (V-Loc)?

What are the benefits of polyglytone 621 (Caprosyn) sutures compare to chromic gut sutures?

Periprocedural Care

What equipment is required for wound closure with sutures?

What measures should be taken to minimize the risk of wound infection from sutures?

What are the benefits of stainless steel surgical needles for suturing?

Which factors affect closure and healing of sutured wounds?

What are the ideal characteristics of suture material?

What are the essential characteristics of all suture materials?

Which terms are used to characterize suture material?

How are sutures classified?

What are the differences between natural and synthetic sutures?

What are the differences between monofilament and multifilament sutures?

What are the differences between absorbable and nonabsorbable sutures?

Are absorbable and nonabsorbable sutures natural or synthetic?

What are the advantages of absorbable natural sutures?

What are the types of absorbable synthetic sutures?

What are the indications and contraindications for nonabsorbable natural sutures?

What are indications for nonabsorbable synthetic sutures?

What are the ideal characteristics of surgical needle used in suturing?

What terms are used to describe needle performance in suturing?

What are the sections of a surgical needle used in suturing?

What are the types of needle points and when are they used in suturing?

What are the types of needle bodies and when are they used in suturing?

What are the types of needle swages and when are they used in suturing?

What is the role of silicone in suturing?

How are suture needles measured?

What is the role of the needle-holder in suturing?

When should sutures be removed?

How should sutures be removed?

Technique

What is the basis for suture material and needle selection?

What are the steps in suture placement?

How are knots tied to secure suture placement?

How is the simple interrupted suture placed?

How is the simple running suture placed?

How a running is locked suture placed?

How is the vertical mattress suture placed?

How is the half-buried vertical mattress suture placed?

How is the pulley suture placed?

How is the far-near near-far modified vertical mattress suture placed?

How is the horizontal mattress suture placed?

How is the half-buried horizontal suture placed?

How are dermal-subdermal sutures placed?

How is the buried horizontal mattress suture placed?

How are the running horizontal mattress sutures placed?

How should running subcuticular sutures be placed in reference to suturing techniques?

How is the running subcutaneous suture placed?

How is the modified half-buried horizontal mattress suture placed?

How is the deep tip stitch suture placed?

How is the running subcutaneous corset plication suture placed?

What is the role of wound closure tapes in following suturing?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the use of staples for wound closure?

What are the advantages of superglues (tissue adhesive) for wound closure?

What is the role of barbed sutures in wound closure?

What is the placement and suturing technique to close a punch biopsy wound?