The purpose of this study was to compare barbed sutures to traditional sutures in three domains: time, cost, and wound related outcomes in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA). A total of 34 patients were enrolled in a prospective randomized controlled trial to assess time to wound closure and cost. In addition, a retrospective chart review of an additional 100 patients was conducted to further assess wound-related outcomes. On average, barbed sutures decreased time to wound closure by 9.72 min (P < 0.05) after controlling for length of incision, patient’s BMI and number of physicians closing. Further, using barbed sutures saved an average of $549.59 per case. However, increased frequency and severity of wound complications were associated with barbed sutures.
The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 2, 283 - 287
Barbed Versus Traditional Sutures: Closure Time, Cost, and Wound Related Outcomes in Total Joint ArthroplastySmith, Eric L. et al.