Optimal patterns for suturing wounds.

  title={Optimal patterns for suturing wounds.},
  author={Hans R. Chaudhry and Bruce Bukiet and M. Siegel and Tom Findley and Arthur B. Ritter and Nejat Guzelsu},
  journal={Journal of biomechanics},
  volume={31 7},
A mathematical model for computing stresses in sutured human skin wounds is presented. The model uses the incremental law of elasticity and elastic constants valid for in vivo orthotropic skin. The model is applied to compute the principal stress and displacements resulting from suturing small elliptical and circular wounds in a large flat sheet of skin, in order to determine the optimal suturing patterns. It is observed that the average stress index for a circular wound sutured toward the… CONTINUE READING