Common suture materials and suggested indications for their use
Table of when to use different types of sutures
|Synthetic or Natural
|PDS™ (Polydioxanone)Monocryl™ (Polycaprone Glycolide)
|Buried dermal sutures or continuous subcuticular suture
|Vicryl/Vicryl Rapide™ (Polyglactin 910)Polysorb™ (Lactomer 9-1)
|Buried dermal suturesVicryl rapide excellent choice for interrupted sutures in the hands, ‘pink’ lip laceration repairs and facial lacerations in children (do not need removal)
|Nylon™ (eg Ethilon)
|Used for skin closure, minimally reactive, also used internally for vascular anastomoses, tendon/nerve repairs
|Traditional ‘gold standard’ non-absorbable suture, easy to handle, rarely used in modern practice for skinAlternative for tendon repair
|Ethibond™ (braided polyester)
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