Skin glue for wound closure, avoiding stitches
We all hate ‘stitches’ ! Don’t we !!
God forbid if an accident happens and one sustains a wound, what options do we have? Sutures/ staples/ dressings and now glue!!
Fortunately for more than a decade we have been using skin glues to close wounds successfully.
Skin glues are usually cyanoacrylate based materials and are used to bond skin edges together to allow faster wound healing. The application is essentially painless and done quickly.
Since glues are waterproof, the person can have a shower on the glue even after 10 minutes of application. Glue forms a film on the wound and prevents entry of bacteria and dust into the healing wound.
The glue peels off and falls off as soon as the wound heals. There is no need for dressings and further there is no need to apply any ointments or powders on the glue.
Glues should not be used when there is a suspicion or likelihood of infection. Hence they can be used only on clean wounds.
Many times turmeric is applied into the wound when there is bleeding. Nevertheless it causes bleeding to stop but there is a high risk of infection and in such cases glue application to close wounds becomes difficult. The best first aid in case of bleeding is pressure on the bleeding site with sterilised gauze or even a clean handkerchief till medical advice is available.
Today we use glues to close many clean surgical wounds such as hernia operation sites, thyroid surgery wounds and laparoscopic port sites.
Wound closer with glue is easy,fast and pain less.
The Need for Alternatives: Why We Hate Stitches
Skin Glue: A Game Changer in Wound Closure
Skin glue, also known as surgical glue or tissue adhesive, has revolutionized wound closure in recent years. These glues are typically cyanoacrylate-based materials that bond the edges of the skin together, allowing for faster healing. The application process is relatively quick and painless, making it a favorable choice for both patients and healthcare professionals.
Benefits of Skin Glue over Traditional Methods
The benefits of using skin glue for wound closure are numerous and have contributed to its growing popularity among healthcare professionals and patients alike. Here are some key advantages:
Rapid Wound Closure: Skin glue allows for quick and efficient wound closure, saving valuable time for both healthcare professionals and patients. The application process is straightforward and can be completed in a matter of minutes, even for multiple wounds.
Pain-Free Application: Unlike traditional sutures or staples, skin glue does not require the use of needles or sharp instruments, resulting in a painless experience for patients. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with needle phobias or heightened sensitivity to pain.
Waterproof and Shower-Friendly: Skin glue forms a protective film over the wound, creating a waterproof barrier. This allows patients to shower or engage in regular activities without worrying about compromising the wound closure. It simplifies hygiene practices during the healing process, improving patient comfort.
Bacterial Barrier: The adhesive properties of skin glue create a barrier that prevents the entry of bacteria and dust into the wound. This reduces the risk of infection, particularly in clean wounds, and promotes a healthier healing environment.
No Need for Dressings: With skin glue, there is no need for additional dressings or bandages. The glue forms a protective seal over the wound, eliminating the requirement for bulky dressings and simplifying the aftercare routine. This results in greater convenience for patients and reduces the risk of complications associated with frequent dressing changes.
Reduced Scarring: Skin glue promotes wound healing by keeping the edges of the skin in close approximation, leading to minimal scarring. The adhesive film created by the glue supports the natural healing process and helps in achieving better cosmetic outcomes.
Simplified Aftercare: Unlike traditional methods that often require the application of ointments or powders on the wound, skin glue does not require any additional products. Patients do not need to worry about applying creams or powders to the wound or following complex aftercare instructions. The glue naturally peels off as the wound heals, simplifying the healing process.
Improved Patient Experience: The painless application, reduced need for additional interventions, and simplified aftercare routine contribute to an overall improved patient experience. Skin glue reduces anxiety and discomfort associated with wound closure, allowing patients to focus on their recovery and regain normalcy in their daily lives.
Appropriate Usage: When to Choose Skin Glue
Skin glue is best suited for clean wounds, where there is no suspicion or likelihood of infection. In cases where bleeding occurs, traditional first aid techniques, such as applying pressure with sterilized gauze or a clean handkerchief, should be employed until medical advice is available. It is important to note that skin glue should not be used on wounds where infection is suspected, as this can lead to complications and hinder the healing process.
Expanding Applications: Skin Glue Beyond Everyday Wounds
Skin glue is not limited to everyday wounds; it has found its place in various surgical procedures as well. Surgeons now utilize skin glue for closing clean surgical wounds, such as hernia operation sites, thyroid surgery wounds, and laparoscopic port sites. The benefits of skin glue, including speed, reduced scarring, and simplified aftercare, make it an appealing choice in these surgical settings.
Embracing the Ease and Efficiency of Skin Glue
Skin glue has emerged as a painless, fast, and effective method for wound closure, offering numerous advantages over traditional stitches. With its waterproof properties, ease of application, and simplified aftercare, skin glue provides a stitch-free alternative that is becoming increasingly popular among patients and healthcare professionals alike. By embracing skin glue, we can bid farewell to the discomfort of stitches and welcome a more convenient and efficient approach to wound closure.