Common suture materials and suggested indications for their use
Table of when to use different types of sutures
|Examples||Synthetic or Natural||Suggested Indications|
|Absorbable Monofilament||CatgutChromic Catgut||Natural||Rarely used|
|PDS™ (Polydioxanone)Monocryl™ (Polycaprone Glycolide)
|Synthetic||Buried dermal sutures or continuous subcuticular suture|
|Absorbable Braided||Vicryl/Vicryl Rapide™ (Polyglactin 910)Polysorb™ (Lactomer 9-1)||Synthetic||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)|
|Non-Absorbable Monofilament||Nylon™ (eg Ethilon)||Natural||Used for skin closure, minimally reactive, also used internally for vascular anastomoses, tendon/nerve repairs|
|Non-Absorbable Braided||Silk||Natural||Traditional ‘gold standard’ non-absorbable suture, easy to handle, rarely used in modern practice for skinAlternative for tendon repair|
|Ethibond™ (braided polyester)||Synthetic|
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