Barbed suture in minimally invasive hysterectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Purpose: Total laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomy represents one of the most performed gynecological procedures nowadays. Minimally invasive procedures seem to increase the risk of vaginal cuff dehiscence (VCD). Barbed suture is a new class of suture introduced to aid surgeons during laparoscopic suturing, with the aim to reduce operative time, blood loss, and vaginal dehiscence. Methods: We identified all articles that report a series of laparoscopic or robotic-assisted hysterectomy using barbed suture compared to conventional suture for vaginal cuff closure. The main outcome measures were vaginal cuff suturing time, vaginal bleeding, and vaginal dehiscence with or without small bowel evisceration. Suturing time was meta-analyzed as the standardized mean difference, which is the difference in means of two arms divided by pooled standard deviation with 95 % confidence intervals. For vaginal bleeding and dehiscence risk difference were calculated for each study and then meta-analyzed. Fixed models were considered if heterogeneity was low (I2 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 21 2015


  • Barbed suture
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotically assisted hysterectomy
  • Vaginal cuff closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Medicine(all)


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