Sunday, September 9, 2012

Surgical Staples

Surgical staples are specialized staples used in surgery in place of sutures to close skin wounds, connect or remove parts of the bowels or lungs. A more recent development, from the 1990s, uses clips instead of staples for some applications; this does not require the staple to penetrate.
The first commercial staplers were made of stainless steel with titanium staples loaded into re-loadable staple cartridges. Modern surgical staplers are either disposable and made of plastic, or reusable and made of stainless steel. Both types are generally loaded using disposable cartridges. The staple line may be straight, curved or circular. Some staplers incorporate a knife, to complete excision and anastomosis in a single operation. Staplers are used to close both internal and skin wounds. Skin staples are usually applied using a disposable stapler, and removed with a specialized staple remover.

28 staples following a ruptured appendix. Photo by Jimee, Jackie, Tom & Asha on Flickr


Scalp laceration on a boy with staples. Photo credit: Scott Camazine

Stapled incision after a quadruple bypass. Photo by *jenni. on Flickr

Stapled incision, about 1 1/2 weeks after knee replacement surgery. Photo by Jjuju on Flickr

Photo by warhof on Flickr

Kidney cancer patient — post-op stapled incision - LINK

50 staples to the head after being savagely assaulted - LINK

Brain surgery post-op staple removal - LINK

64 staples. — It is commonly known as the "Mercedes Benz scar"- LINK


85 head staples after an assault by a homeless man - LINK

Abdominal staples - LINK

Brain surgery staples - LINK

29 stitches and 27 staples in the 10.5 inch incision - LINK

Right knee replacement stapled incision. Photo by ErinAB on Flickr

Side staples with considerable bruising - LINK

Stapled incision after heart valve surgery - LINK


  1. Takes my back to my spinal fusion. The staples were not the most painful part of the experience, the surgical tape removal was much more painful. I imagine because I was asleep when the staples came out. This post is disturbing, yet beautiful. Badges of honor for us all.

    On a side note, I found your photo stream just last week and it's fantastic.

  2. this is new to me,,,I got five stitches in my leg last month,,,was too painful to remove them,,,now,I wonder how terrible must be to remove these clips in comparison to stitches