TitleComparing the Tolerability of a Novel Wound Closure Device Using a Porcine Wound Model.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTownsend, KL, Akeroyd, J, Russell, DS, Kruzic, JJ, Robertson, BL, Lear, W
JournalAdv Wound Care (New Rochelle)
Date Published2018 Jun 01

To compare the tolerability and mechanical tensile strength of acute skin wounds closed with nylon suture plus a novel suture bridge device (SBD) with acute skin wounds closed with nylon suture in a porcine model. Four Yucatan pigs each received 12 4.5 cm full-thickness incisions that were closed with 1 of 4 options: Suture bridge with nylon, suture bridge with nylon and subdermal polyglactin, nylon simple interrupted, and nylon simple interrupted with subdermal polyglactin. Epithelial reaction, inflammation, and scarring were examined histologically at days 10 and 42. Wound strength was examined mechanically at days 10 and 42 on wounds from euthanized pigs. Histopathology in the suture entry/exit planes showed greater dermal inflammation with a simple interrupted nylon suture retained for 42 days compared with the SBD retained for 42 days ( < 0.03). While tensile wound strength in the device and suture groups were similar at day 10, wounds closed with the devices were nearly 8 times stronger at day 42 compared with day 10 ( < 0.001). A novel SBD optimized for cutaneous wound closure that protects the skin surface from suture strands, forms a protective bridge over the healing wound edges, and knotlessly clamps sutures. This study suggests that the use of a SBD increases the tolerability of nylon sutures in porcine acute skin wound closures allowing for prolonged mechanical support of the wound. For slow healing wounds, this may prevent skin wound disruption, such as edge necrosis and dehiscence.

Alternate JournalAdv Wound Care (New Rochelle)
PubMed ID29892494
PubMed Central IDPMC5994150