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

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Wound closure tapes (eg, Steri-Strips) are composed of strips of reinforced microporous surgical adhesive tape. They are used to provide extra support to a suture line, either when running subcuticular sutures are used or after sutures are removed.

Wound closure tapes may reduce spreading of the scar if they are kept in place for several weeks after suture removal. Often, they are used in conjunction with a tissue adhesive. Because they have a tendency to fall off, they are used mainly in low-tension wounds and rarely for primary wound closure.

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