The frequency and character of early complications following creation of enterostomies, and their relation to the type of suture material used were studied in 50 consecutive patients. The stomas were matured by muco-cutaneous eversion, and were fixated with Maxon 4-0 and Vicryl 3-0 sutures. Half the stoma circumference was sutured with the one suture type, and the other half with the other. No statistically significant correlation was found between enterostomy type or surgical procedure and complications. The incidence of muco-cutaneous complications was significantly higher following fixation with Vicryl as compared to Maxon sutures. The cause of this difference is uncertain, however, the physical configuration of the sutures seems important, Maxin being monofile versus Vicryl being braided. Whether the chemical structure is significant as well remains undetermined at present.