New study shows sutures are better than staples for closing a C-section incision

There’s long been a debate among physicians regarding how to effectively sew up a C-section incision. Both sutures and staples have been used to close up the incision following a Cesarean birth, but new research has shown that sutures are indeed the safer and more effective means of closing such incisions.

Senior author Vincenzo Berghella, M.D., director of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, and colleagues conducted this study in order to finally establish the ideal way to sew up these C-section incisions. The study was designed to analyze whether or not any evidence exists to support the notion of a specific method over another to help lower the chances of complications after C-section incision.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the C-section rate in the U.S. reached a high of 32.9 percent of all births in 2009. This marked a dramatic 60 percent increase from the most recent low of 20.7 percent in 1996.

The latest study is the largest one to date that compares both sutures and staples as the methods of choice to close C-section wounds. The study’s researchers discovered that complications from the incisions were decreased by 57 percent in those where sutures were opted for instead of staples. The findings of the study clearly point to the benefits of choosing sutures for women who delivered their babies via C-section.

“Based on these results, we recommend that C-section incisions be closed with stitches rather than staples,” said Nerghella in a statement.