Wound Closures

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Types of Wound Closures

  • Primary Wound Closure - This includes the closures of small lacerations such as paper cuts, minor surgical incisions, and small cutaneous wounds. They can easily be sealed since they are small and the chances of infection are nearly zero. 

  • Secondary Wound Closure - These kind of wounds are small but their wound edges cannot be approximated and so the wounds are closed using wound closure strips. They usually leave scare tissue and require the application of an anti-septic. 

  • Delayed Primary Closure - They are also called tertiary wound closure. These are major wounds that are first cleaned and then operated on with sutures. They leave a major scar tissue and need to be taken care of before any infection occurs

Wound Closure Products

  • Suture Removers - Suture removers are items used to remove sutures after a wound has nearly completely healed. Sutures are referred to as stitches or staples used to close a wound. Surgical wounds, incisions, gashes, etc. are treated using sutures. It is a delicate medical procedure and should be performed with care. Suture removers include scissors, tongs, tweezers, etc. 

  • Tissue Adhesives - They are cyanoacrylate based adhesives that are used to seal small wounds. They are directly applied to the wound and can help in healing small wounds within days. Also known as topical adhesives, they are a nice replacement to the invasive sutures. 

  • Wound Closure Strips - These strips are small porous strips that are used to cover and seal the wound. They work by pulling one end of the wound towards the other and expediting the clotting process thus expediting healing.