Material Guide

ABSORBABLE SUTURES

Gut

Made of first quality raw material, Catgut ensures a dependable and predictable absorption and an extremely high tensile strength. Every strand is precision polished to a uniform diameter, permitting smooth and secure knotting. Available in plain and chromic.

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Twisted
  • Plain
  • Chromic
  • Packaged Dry or In Wetting Solution
In vivo strength retention:
  • Varies
Mass Absorption:
  • Varies depending upon type of suture (plain vs. chromic) and site of placement.

PolySyn™/Polyglycolic Acid

(glycolic acid)

The extraordinarily smooth, low friction proprietary coating reduces tissue drag. These synthetic absorbable sutures ensure closure through the critical wound healing period. They retain approximately 50% of their high initial strength at two weeks and 20% of their strength at three weeks. Available as undyed or violet braided and violet monofilament.

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Braided
  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (violet)
  • Coated
In vivo strength retention:
  • 50% at 14 days
  • 20% at 21 days
Mass Absorption:
  • Essentially complete between 49 and 63 days.

PolySyn FA™

(glycolic acid)

Made of first quality raw material, Catgut ensures a dependable and predictable absorption and an extremely high tensile strength. Every strand is precision polished to a uniform diameter, permitting smooth and secure knotting. Available in plain and chromic.

polysyn fa
Braided
  • Undyed (clear)
  • Coated
In vivo strength retention:
  • 48% at 7 days
  • 0% at 14 days
Mass Absorption:
  • Essentially complete between 49 and 63 days.

Surgical Specialties™ MONODERM™

(glycolide and e-caprolactone)

This synthetic absorbable monofilament has excellent pliability and handling characteristics. At 7 days it retains 64 - 76% tensile strength, 40% at 14 days and is essentially absorbed at 90 days. These characteristics make it very popular for subcuticular closure and soft tissue approximation. Available in undyed/clear or violet.

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Monofilament
  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (violet)
In vivo strength retention:
  • 64 - 76% at 7 days
  • 40% at 14 days
Mass Absorption:
  • Essentially complete by 90 days.
NONABSORBABLE SUTURES

Silk

Noncapillary Silk has excellent handling and tying characteristics. Modern braiding technique provides a uniform smooth surface and a greater tensile strength. Available in black and white.

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Braided
  • Undyed (white)
  • Dyed (black)
  • Coated
Quality:
  • Excellent handling & tying characteristics.

Nylon

The monofilament Nylon is a polyamide suture with characteristic high tensile strength. The uniform smooth surface permits easy passage through tissue. Available in black, blue and clear.

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Monofilament
  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (blue) (black)
  • Packaged Dry or In Wetting Solution
Quality:
  • Passes easily through tissue.

Polyviolene™/ Braided Polyester

poly (ethylene-terephthatate)

The fine braiding of Polyester gives this material an excellent smoothness. Easy to handle, its uniform surface minimizes trauma. Its high strength and good knot security provide long-term wound support. Available in green and white.

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Braided
  • Undyed (white)
  • Dyed (green)
  • Coated & Uncoated
Quality:
  • Smooth
  • Easy to handle
  • Good knot security

Polypropylene

poly (ethylene-terephthatate)

Inert, smooth, and easy to handle and knot securely, Polypropylene is our most versatile monofilament suture. Tensile strength is superior to other true monofilaments. In addition, a unique extruding technique ensures a uniformly round cross section and a strand that passes easily through tissue with better knot security with less throws.

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Monofilament
  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (blue)
Quality:
  • Inert
  • Easy to handle
  • Passes easily through tissue