Novel Adhesive Skin Closures Improve Wound Healing Following Saphenous Vein Harvesting

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Abstract

Background And Aims

New techniques for skin closure that minimize tissue inflammation and avoid foreign material may decrease morbidity following saphenous vein harvesting. The 3M™ Steri-Strip™ S surgical skin closure system is a new, noninvasive method of wound closure, which consists of polymeric components coated with a pressure-sensitive skin adhesive. This prospective, randomized study was undertaken to compare the results of the noninvasive skin closure method to the traditional subcuticular skin closure technique on saphenous vein harvest sites.

Methods

Twenty-six patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery with saphenous vein harvesting were prospectively randomized to skin closure using 3M Steri-Strip S Surgical Skin Closure System or subcuticular suture closure with a skin sealant. Wounds were evaluated on postoperative days 7 and 2l for erythema, edema, pain, cosmesis, and the time taken to close the incision.

Results

Skin closure with 3M Steri-Strip S was significantly faster, resulted in significantly less erythema, edema, and significantly improved cosmesis.

Conclusions

3M Steri-Strip S Skin Closure improves wound healing of saphenous vein sites, compared to traditional subcuticular skin closure techniques.

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