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Incision closures

Incision closures

Overview

An incision may be closed with:

  1. Sutures (stitches) on the outside of the body
  2. Surgical staples, which provide added strength to the incision
  3. Sutures on the inside, underneath the skin.

Small sticky strips (called Steri-strips) may be placed on your skin across the incision line. These strips will fall off when the incision has healed.

Review Date 5/11/2014

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.