Stretched Skin Makes Wound Closure “Sew” Simple

December 31, 2006

Suturing the circular wound that resultsfrom a punch biopsy can bedifficult.

Suturing the circular wound that resultsfrom a punch biopsy can bedifficult. To make wound closure easier,stretch the surrounding skin withyour thumb and index finger at a 90-degree angle to the skin tension linebefore you perform the biopsy. On release,the wound will have an oblongshape that facilitates closure.-- Eric Lim, MD
   Orlando, Fla