Defect closure with "8-shaped crisscross tensile suture" technique.

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Yeşiloğlu, Nebil
Şirinoğlu, Hakan
Yildiz, Kemalettin
Akçal, Arzu Özcan
Turgut, Gürsel
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Sutures and suturing techniques compose the basis of the surgery. Although many surgical methods such as the skin grafts or flaps has been described for the closure of large defects, proper primary suturing may sometimes yield very successful results and decrease the need of complicated procedures. In this article, a new combined skin-subcutaneous tissue suturing technique called as "8-shaped crisscross tensile suture (8CTS)" designed for the closure of large skin defects is presented.
One hundred forty-nine patients with an age distribution between 14 and 65 y were operated for large skin defects by using the 8CTS technique. The most common etiology of the defects was free flap donor sites, and the most common defect localization was the anterolateral thigh region. The average defect width on the axis of primary closure was calculated as 14.6 cm. The 8CTS technique is a combination of both skin and subcutaneous layers suturation and may even involve deeper layers suturation according to the depth of the defect.
Eight complications including wound dehiscence, early recurrence of pilonidal sinus disease, seroma formation, skin-edge necrosis, and incisional hernia were observed. The wounds of 141 patients were treated successfully.
The 8CTS technique is a useful method for the closure of large defects eliminating the need of more complex procedures and providing acceptable cosmetic results while supporting both skin and subcutaneous tissue in one suture.
Composite defect, Large wound, Primary closure technique, Suturing technique
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