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

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Stainless steel staples are frequently used in wounds under high tension, including wounds on the scalp or the trunk. 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.


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