Polyglyconate (Maxon) versus nylon suture in midline abdominal incision closure: a prospective randomized trial

M A Carlson, R E Condon
American Surgeon 1995, 61 (11): 980-3
A prospective, randomized comparison of nylon versus polyglyconate (Maxon) looped suture in running mass closure of midline abdominal incisions was conducted in 225 patients. In the nylon group, 91 patients were evaluable at 2-year follow up; in the polyglyconate group, 80 patients were evaluable at follow up. Eleven patients (4 nylon and 7 polyglyconate) developed a ventral hernia. Three of the nylon and none of the polyglyconate sutured patients had a dehiscence. There was no significant difference in the overall rate of ventral hernia and dehiscence between the two suture groups. Running mass closure of midline abdominal wounds yielded satisfactory results with both of the suture materials studied.

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