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This is a single centre prospective randomized assessor blinded parallel group feasibility study that will be undertaken in the Royal Devon and Exeter Dermatology department. The investigators will be looking at whether timing of percutaneous suture removal after skin surgery impacts on the incidence of suture marks and overall scar cosmesis.


Clinical Trial Description

Stitch marks (also known as suture marks or track marks) are permanent marks left in the skin where the stitch has caused local tissue damage and scarring. The risk of these marks is in part thought to be related to the length of time that the stitches are left in place before removal. Stitches are normally left in place for longer on sites where the skin is under greater tension such as the chest or back because there is a concern that the wound may be more likely to open up on these sites. On the chest or back, stitches may be left in place for up to 14 days even though the chest or back is a common site for stitch marks to form. The investigators are conducting a single centre prospective randomized assessor blinded parallel group feasibility study to estimate a sample size required for a properly powered RCT, and also to provide some preliminary data on the incidence of wound complications and overall scar cosmesis in each group. All patients attending the dermatology department for wide local excision as part of their skin cancer treatment and primary closure of the subsequent wound will be considered for entry into the trial. Clinicians will identify potential participants during routine practice at their clinic visit. Patients who fulfil the entry criteria will be invited at that appointment to take part. On the date of participants skin surgery, they will be consented and randomized to either 'suture removal at 7 days' or 'suture removal at 10 days'. Participants will then be booked for a 3 month follow up where the scar site will be evaluated from a patient and clinician perspective to assess suture marks and overall cosmesis. ;


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NCT number NCT05036785
Study type Interventional
Source Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Contact Ellen G Richards, MBBS BSc Hons
Phone 01392 405512
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 2021
Completion date December 2021

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