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Sutures, Metallic, Stainless Steel

Definition : Metallic sutures made of nonabsorbable (i.e., nonbiodegradable) medical-grade stainless steel alloys. These sutures consist of single (i.e., monofilament) or multifilament sterile threads; their use depends on the size and location of the wound, the strength and period of use required, cosmetic effect desired, and/or other clinical or physical needs. Stainless steel sutures keep their tensile strength for very long periods of time and are not absorbed by tissues; their intended use includes mainly orthopedic procedures such as cerclage, tendon and hernia repair, sternum closure (after sternotomy), and abdominal wound closure.

Entry Terms : "Sutures, Stainless Steel" , "Sutures, Sternotomy" , "Sternotomy Sutures"

UMDC code : 13911

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