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Why would you use staples rather than stitches in an open wound?

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Much easier and quicker to use and remove staples than sutures (stitches), though sutures are preferred for smaller wounds or incisions.

I think it’s case by case. If you have a very large open wound or incision and need it closed asap, staples. Otherwise, stitches.

It really depends on the type and location of the opening that needs to be closed.

Staples can offer less risk of infection. It really just depends.


Staples are fast, but leave more visible marks. Stitches are slow, but can be done in a way that leaves little to no marks. Patience is a rare quality among surgeons.