offer innate characteristics, such as
flexibility or strength, that seal the
incision. “Different products have
their own spin or formula resulting
in slightly different outcomes,” Ryan
Mancini, closure technology product
manager at Aesculap, Inc., said.
Tweaks are still being made to this
concept, but experts predict innovations
will focus on sealing tissue internally.
Adhesives have already been cleared to
seal vessels together, and surgeons are
able to use the product off-label other
than the labeled hemostasis indication.
Non-invasive solutions, like glues
and zip-like designs might be quicker,
but surgeons still demand innovations
in staples and sutures.
For example, Dr. K. Anthony
Shibley, FACOG, prefers using
absorbable subcuticular staples
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Cosmetic results matter to patients; overall outcomes matter to facilities. Suppliers offer solutions for both demands. Here, a surgeon
compares a patient incision at discharge to how it healed three months later.
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