Suturing Materials

Broadly, sutures can be classified into absorbable or non-absorbable materials. They can be further sub-classified into synthetic or natural sutures, and monofilament or multifilament sutures.

The ideal suture is the smallest possible to produce uniform tensile strength, securely hold the wound for the required time for healing, then be absorbed. It should be predictable, easy to handle, produce minimal reaction, and knot securely.


Suture Size

The diameter of the suture will affect its handling properties and tensile strength. The larger the size ascribed to the future, the smaller the diameter is, for example, a 7-0 suture is smaller than a 4-0 suture.

When choosing suture size, the smallest size possible should be chosen, taking into account the natural strength of the tissue.


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