Absorbable versus Non-Absorbable Suture in Patients Undergoing Carpal Tunnel and Trigger Finger Wound Closure


About this study

The purpose of this study is to describe potential cosmetic differences in wound healing between absorbable and non-absorbable suture for wound closure of open carpal tunnel release and trigger finger pulley release, and to compare the two methods of wound closure based upon patient satisfaction, residual scar tenderness, and post-operative complications.


Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient greater than or equal to 18 years of age.
  • undergoing primary open carpal tunnel release or primary trigger finger pulley release at the Mayo Clinic.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Any patient identified outside of the proposed study time period.
  • Any patient receiving revision surgery.
  • Patients who have had prior ipsilateral palmar or finger surgery.
  • Patients with Dupuytren’s disease.

Eligibility last updated 1/19/22. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Peter Rhee, D.O., M.S.

Closed-enrolling by invitation

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Not open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria, but only those invited to participate by the study team.

Contact information:

Nicholas Munaretto M.D.



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