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Stitches beat staples

PUBLISHED: 13:19 16 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:04 30 June 2010

STITCHES beat staples for healing wounds, according to experts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

An investigation at the hospital suggested that traditional nylon sutures may be preferable to metal staples when it comes to closing wounds after hip and knee surgery.

STITCHES beat staples for healing wounds, according to experts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

An investigation at the hospital suggested that traditional nylon sutures may be preferable to metal staples when it comes to closing wounds after hip and knee surgery.

Surgeons currently use both methods, but trials involving 683 orthopaedic patients showed that the risk of developing a superficial wound infection was up to four times greater when staples were used.

The results of the research were published this week by the British Medical Journal.


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