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Emerging Technique: Barbed Sutures Beneficial for Large or Fragile Wounds

A new technique has been developed that advances to Mohs surgery and surgery for other parts of the skin. The data was presented by Dr. Strasswimmer recently during the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting. Strasswimmer is the director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program at Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton, FL and Mohs surgeon in his Delray Beach private practice.

With the introduction of dissolvable sutures, the technique called the Corseta reconstructive procedure is being implemented for large or fragile wounds.  

The procedure gets its name from the barbed suture that acts like the tension of a Victorian corset.  The tension is applied from one end and slowly worked together, rather than using several points of tension. The procedure takes less time and is ideal for catastrophic, high-tension wounds or wounds that are too fragile to hold normal sutures.

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