Barbed sutures do not increase wound complications in horses

25 Jul 2020

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DMT Adler, S Østergaard, E Jørgensen and others

BMC Veterinary Research (2020) 16

doi: 10.1186/s12917-020-02449-6

• What did the research find?

Wound closure was achieved six minutes faster with a knotless barbed suture (KBS) than with a conventional smooth suture (SS) (P<0.001). Minor swelling occurred 24 hours after surgery in 29 per cent of horses sutured with KBS and 33 per cent of horses sutured with SS. Cutaneous dehiscence occurred in two horses in each group. Follow-up after discharge revealed that one horse sutured with KBS and two horses sutured with SS needed veterinary attention for the treatment of wound complications.

• How was it conducted?

Forty-five stallions admitted for bilateral inguinal castration at the University of Copenhagen between September 2017 and May 2019 were included in the study. Twenty-four horses were sutured with SS and 21 were sutured with KBS. The time taken to close the wound, complications...