Use of Absorbable Cutaneous Sutures Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Absorbable Cutaneous Sutures

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Paige Hoyer
Julie Croley
Richard F. Wagner, Jr.


Absorbable Cutaneous Sutures, COVID-19, Dermatologic Surgery


The use of absorbable epicuticular sutures is highlighted as a measure to decrease the number of patient visits, eliminating the risk of additional exposures for patients and medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We present a case where the use of absorbable epicuticular sutures was preferred over non-absorbable sutures. Studies have shown no significant difference in cosmetic outcomes between non-absorbing suture and absorbable suture. Many patients express anxiety over the thought of suture removal, and often ask if the sutures will “dissolve on their own” during the surgery. Use of absorbable top sutures is one way surgeons can help allay this fear, and studies have shown similar patient satisfaction between absorbable and non-absorbable sutures. Additional stress may be prominent during the current pandemic. Dermatologic surgeons should strongly consider the use of absorbable cutaneous sutures during this pandemic, as this likely improves patient and staff safety, and studies have shown similar cosmetic outcomes and patient satisfaction.


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