Patient – Zip 2018-04-09T00:15:21+00:00

No patient looks forward to getting stitches or staples — they are painful to remove, create additional pathways for bacteria to enter the body, and can result in unsightly “railroad” track scars. What if there was a better way to close your surgical incision? One that was non-invasive, less painful to remove, and left only a fine scar, without track marks?

Meet the Zip — the newest way to close your surgical incision. The Zip Surgical Skin Closure is designed to improve your recovery experience.

Non-invasive

The Zip is non-invasive, and uses two flexible, non-latex adhesive strips on either side of the incision. These straps are linked by patented closure system to gently distribute forces and precisely align the edges of your incision to close it securely.

“I don’t feel a thing; it’s easier than staples by a mile.”

– Zip Patient Greg Rodgers

Easy Removal

Removal is as easy as peeling off a bandage; in fact, your doctor may recommend that you remove the Zip at home rather than scheduling a special clinic visit just for removal. Studies have shown the Zip is much more comfortable than removing staples.1

“I love it! It’s looks really good, no holes from a staple!”

– Zip Patient Beverly Williams

Minimal Scarring

The resulting scar can be much less noticeable than stitches or staples, as the Zip eliminates the possibility of “track marks” along your scar.2 This can be a real benefit when your scar is on a visible part of your body.

“During my visits with my physical therapist it’s very flexible, doesn’t affect the wound at all during exercises, and it’s easy to move in any direction without any pain.”

– Zip Patient Melody Weast

Flexible

The Zip is non-invasive and flexible, and therefore does not create the pulling and pinching that can come from stitches and staples. In a clinical study of patients undergoing total knee replacement, patients reported greater range of motion with the Zip.3

“Patients are more excited to get moving, not fearful of causing additional pain and damage with staples in the skin. The Zip gives confidence without worry about rupturing anything ”

– Kaitlyn Stiefvater, physician assistant, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

Protective

Because the Zip functions as a “cage” over the wound, it protects the wound from disturbance.

POST-ZIP RESULTS

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL VIDEOS

What patients think about the Zip

One Zip patient’s experience

The Zip vs. Sutures

Better cosmetic outcome of scar vs. staples1

vs. staples3 and sutures4

Fewer Wounds

Zip patients had fewer wound-related complications,5 less patient
concern about their incision, and fewer unplanned clinic visits.6

References
1. Data on file

2. Ko JH, Yang IH, Ko MS, Kamolhuja E, Park KK. Do zip-type skin-closing devices show better wound status compared to conventional staple devices in total knee arthroplasty? Int Wound J. 2017 Feb;14(1):250-254.

3. Benner RW, Behrens JP. Poster Presentation: “A Novel Skin Closure Device for (Bilateral) Total Knee Arthroplasty: Randomized Controlled Trial vs. Staples.” Poster session presented at American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons; Nov 3, 2017; Dallas, TX.

4. Tanaka Y, Miyamoto T, Naito Y, Yoshitake S, Sasahara A, Miyaji K. Randomized study of a new noninvasive skin closure device for use after congenital heart operations. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016;102:1368-74.

5. Carli A, Spiro S, Valle AGD, Haas SB. Novel non-invasive secure skin closure following total knee arthroplasty leads to fewer wound complications and no patient home care visits compared to surgical staples. Presented at 2015 International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) Annual Congress, Vienna, Austria, October 1, 2015.