The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 2, 283 - 287

Barbed Versus Traditional Sutures: Closure Time, Cost, and Wound Related Outcomes in Total Joint Arthroplasty

Smith, Eric L. et al.
Hip Knee

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.

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