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A 29-year-old female asked:

I had gallbladder surgery in 2010 using laparoscopy. why would my surgeon use staples when i hear everyone else had dissolve stitches?

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Dr. Ronen Elefant
Critical Care 13 years experience
Style and preference: for the deeper layers of the incision dissolvable stitches were probably used. Usually the skin later can be closed with either staples or stitches (dissolvable or non-dissolveable). As long as the nondissolveable stitches or staples are removed in about a week, there really isn't a difference in cosmetic outcome. Sometimes staples or stitches are kept in longer depending on the location

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Last updated Feb 11, 2015

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