The finite element method of structural analysis was used to analyze the stresses and forces which develop during suturing of two types of defect configurations in skin. In one case, the maximum stress which develops during closing of an elliptical defect was calculated and compared with a modified tension field theory by Danielson and Natarajan. In the second case, the forces necessary to close the Z-plasty incision are calculated and compared qualitative with published experimental data. © 1981.
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