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Absorbable Sutures for General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, or Gynecological Surgery: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: November 2, 2020
Project Number: RA1148-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Device
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of absorbable sutures made from one material compared with absorbable sutures made from an alternative material for adult patients undergoing surgery?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of absorbable sutures made from one material compared with absorbable sutures made from an alternative material for adult patients undergoing surgery?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines for the use of absorbable sutures in adult patients undergoing surgery?

Key Message

Six randomized controlled trials and five non-randomized studies were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of absorbable sutures made from one material compared with absorbable sutures made from an alternative material for adult patients undergoing surgery. Five evidence-based guidelines were identified for the use of absorbable sutures in adult patients undergoing surgery. No literature was identified regarding the cost-effectiveness of absorbable sutures made from one material compared with absorbable sutures made from an alternative material for adult patients undergoing surgery.