This systematic review and meta-analysis of five randomized trials and one prospective study compared outcomes after skin staple closure (n = 803) with those after subcuticular suture closure (n = 684) in women who had a transverse incision. Staple closure was associated with a higher rate of wound infection or separation (13.4% vs 6.6%; pooled odds ratio, 2.06; 95% CI, 1.43–2.98). Staple closure was associated with a shorter operating time (range, 3.3–9.3 minutes). Both techniques were similar in terms of postoperative pain, cosmetic appearance, and patient satisfaction.
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