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Postoperative wound complications can occur in 9–26% of gastrointestinal operations.1–3 Skin closure with subcuticular sutures in clean operations, such as caesarean sections, are associated with decreased wound complications and increased patient satisfaction when compared with skin closure using staples.4 ,5 Whether these results are applicable to clean–contaminated operations is unknown. Tsujinaka and colleagues examined the incidence of wound complications after open gastrointestinal operations in patients undergoing skin closure with subcuticular sutures versus staples.
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