This paper is only available as a PDF. To read, Please Download here.
ScienceDirectAccess this article on ScienceDirect
- Suture Materials, Needles, and Methods of Skin Closure: What Every Hand Surgeon Should KnowJournal of Hand SurgeryVol. 47Issue 2
- PreviewSutures are used ubiquitously in surgery and are the most implanted materials in hand surgery. However, surgical training does not routinely include formal education on stitching materials or needles. Rather, suture familiarity is passed down by common use throughout training. We focus on a brief history and evolution of suture materials and suture needles, their material and mechanical properties, hand surgery-specific applications, other methods of skin closure (staples, skin glue, and adhesive strips), a cost analysis, and advances in musculoskeletal suturing, with a look toward the future.