The Bolster technique. An orthopedic application

P. A. Cole, A. P.C. Weiss

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A technique that has long been a mainstay in the field of general surgery is introduced with applications for the orthopedic surgeon. A red-rubber catheter is sectioned for use as a bolster in conjunction with a standard monofilament, nonabsorbable suture for horizontal mattress skin closure. This technique is described and illustrated in a postresection patient who has a gouty elbow tophus in an olecranon bursitis. The inflamed, tenuous skin had been infiltrated with tophus and would have been susceptible to slough with traditional skin closure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-86
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Techniques
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • bolster
  • horizontal mattress suture
  • retention suture
  • wound dehiscence


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