Set-back Suture Versus Traditional Vertical Mattress Suture

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University of California (UC) Davis

Status

Completed

Conditions

Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Melanoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma

Treatments

Procedure: Set-back suture
Procedure: Vertical mattress suture

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01773447
247354

Details and patient eligibility

About

The investigators hope to compare two different methods of closing skin wounds using sutures. One of these methods (the set-back technique) was recently described in 2010 and has been reported to be technically easier and reduces the chance of spitting sutures (deep sutures that are pushed to the surface of the skin as the wound heals). The other method (the vertical mattress technique) has been used for many years with good results. However, no controlled studies have been performed to clearly demonstrate a difference between the two methods. We hope to find differences in the height of the wound edges immediately after surgery(5 minutes following the procedure) as well as the appearance of the scar and symptoms associated with the scar 3 months after surgery.

Enrollment

47 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Elliptical surgical wound that needs to be closed with a layered closure
  • Wound 3 cm in length or longer

Exclusion criteria

  • Incarceration
  • Active pregnancy
  • Less than 18 years of age
  • Unable to give informed consent
  • Non-English or Dutch speaking (the scar assessment scale described below has only been validated in the English and Dutch languages)
  • Wound closure projected to be less than 3 cm in length
  • Skin less than 3 mm in thickness (dermis and epidermis combined)

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

47 participants in 2 patient groups

Set-back suture
Active Comparator group
Description:
Wound to be close by set-back suture technique.
Treatment:
Procedure: Set-back suture
Vertical mattress suture technique
Active Comparator group
Description:
Wound to be closed by vertical mattress technique.
Treatment:
Procedure: Vertical mattress suture

Trial contacts and locations

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