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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-71

Effect of suture material on lobuleplasty: Experience at a tertiary care center

Department of ENT, C.U. Shah Medical College and Hospital, Surendranagar, Gujarat, India

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Ashish Katarkar
Associate professor, Department of ENT, C.U. Shah Medical College and Hospital, Surendranagar, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.100703

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Introduction: The role of sutures in cosmetic cutaneous surgery is to close a wound and promote healthy wound healing with good cosmetic results. The ears are not only one of the most visible parts of the body, but also very fashionable and make a major statement by how they look and what jewellery a person wear. Lobuleplasty is the repair of torn ear lobule. Aim and Objective: To compare long-term results of Plain catgut 5-0 and Vicryl 5-0 suture materials in lobuleplasty of 88 patients from July 2009 to June 2011. Materials and Methods: A retrospective study of 88 patients who underwent lobuleplasty in Department of ENT, from July 2009 to June 2011, using Plain catgut 5-0 in 66 ears and Vicryl 5-0 suture material in 66 ears under local anesthesia as a day care procedure was performed. Observation and Results: All patients in the catgut group and Vicryl group were followed up on the seventh day and after 3 months for evaluation. No patient had wound infection and dehiscence in either group. Twenty-two ears (33%) were having a complaint of itching in the catgut group, whereas 11 ears (16.5%) in the Vicryl group, which is statistically significant by the χ2 -test. The average score for the scar mark at 3-month follow-up for the catgut group was 5 and for the Vicryl group was 8. Conclusion : The modern cosmetic surgeons have significantly increased a number of suture materials to choose from. When making this decision, it is important to consider the risk of infection, cost, cosmetic result, and wound location. From our study, we conclude that the Vicryl group was having less tissue reaction than the catgut group and appearance of the scar mark was better than the catgut group. Therefore, the Vicryl group can be preferred as a suture material for lobuleplasty.

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