Why use surgical staples instead of stitches?

Are staples better than stitches?

In general, staples offer a few advantages over stitches, including: Quick placement: Stapling is about three to four times faster than traditional suturing. Fewer Infections: Stapling is associated with lower tissue reaction and a lower risk of infection when compared to stitches.

Which wound requires stitches or staples?

You will need stitches or staples if your cut is wide, jagged, or goes all the way through your skin. A cut will heal on its own without stitches or staples, but they help a cut heal faster and leave less of a scar. Minor cuts and scrapes that do not go all the way through the skin do not need stitches.

What are the advantages of using surgical skin staples?

Advantages of staples include quick placement, minimal tissue reaction, low risk of infection, and strong wound closure. Disadvantages include less precise wound edge alignment and higher cost.

Do staples scar more than stitches?

Serious injuries and larger wounds are more likely to have scarring. Most cuts that need stitches, staples, or skin glue will have some scarring.

Do staples hurt coming out?

It usually doesn’t hurt when the doctor removes the stitches or staples. You may feel a tug as each stitch or staple is removed.

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How far apart are surgical staples?

When properly placed, the crossbar of the staple is elevated a few millimeters above the skin surface. Place staples about 0.5 to 1 cm apart. Place enough staples to allow for proper apposition of the wound edges.

What happens if you don’t get stitches?

If the wound is spread open, it will heal by filling in from the bottom and sides. A wound that is not stitched may take 1 to 4 weeks to heal, depending on the size of the opening. You will probably have a visible scar. You can discuss revision of the scar with your healthcare provider at a later time.

Do staples leave scars?

SCARRING

Just as with sutures, staples can cause scarring. Because staples do not allow for precise wound alignment, healthcare professionals should not use staples on the face or neck (and discomfort makes them a poor choice for usage in the hands or feet).

Do staples fall out on their own?

Staple removal:

Your healthcare provider will slide the tool under each staple, squeeze the handle, and gently pull the staple out. Medical tape will be placed on your wound once your staples are removed. This will help keep your wound closed. The medical tape will fall off on its own after several days.

How do they remove stitches from staples?

To remove staples, place the lower jaw of the remover under a staple. Squeeze the handles completely to close the device. This bends the staple in the middle and pulls the edges out of the skin. Gently move the staple away from the incision site when both ends are visible.

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