Sutureless skin closure for pacemaker implantation: comparison with subcuticular suture.


In 51 patients undergoing pacemaker implantation a trial was carried out to compare the results of sutureless skin closure using a new product (Op-Site skin closures) with skin closure using a continuous subcuticular absorbable (Dexon) suture. Incisions closed with Op-Site skin closures healed as well as those closed with subcuticular suture but were associated with less frequent and less extensive erythema around the skin edges one week after the procedure. They were quicker, simpler and cheaper to apply than the suture material used in this study.


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