- Top of page
- Skin preparation
- Abdominal incisions
- Incisions for caesarean section
- Closure techniques
- Incisions and closure for obese patients
- Laparoscopic incisions and closure
- Wound closure materials
- Selection of any incision must be highly individualised.
- Numerous options of skin closure have become available and it is paramount to choose the method tailored to each patient and surgical procedure.
- The ideal wound closure device should be easy to use, painless, provide good cosmesis and be cost-effective.
- This article reviews the traditional closure materials as well as some materials that have recently become available, such as staples and glue.
- Use of electrosurgery on the skin.
- To review the medical literature on this subject.
- To outline the anatomical and technical aspects that influence the choice of incisions and sutures.
- To assess the safety aspects, risks and the appropriate use of various closure techniques.
- Is it ethical to allow the selection of an incision dictated by patient choice to preserve cosmesis if it may compromise the surgical approach?
- Is it ethical to subject high-risk women to laparotomy for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes when laparoscopic management has demonstrated benefits?