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Sutures, Synthetic, Absorbable

Definition : Synthetic sutures made of absorbable (i.e., biodegradable) polymeric (e.g., polyglactin, polyglycolic acid, lactic acid) fiber threads. These sutures are typically available in sterile (either monofilament or multifilament, frequently braided) thread sections (e.g., 18, 30 inches/45, 76 cm long) attached to a single-use needle as an integral device; they are frequently colored for easy identification during surgery. Absorbable synthetic sutures typically keep their tensile strength for a few days to several weeks, and complete absorption occurs in less than six months; their intended use includes soft tissue suturing. The sutures usually have a smooth surface but some sutures are made of barbed threads. Absorbable barbed thread sutures are mainly used to suture without using knots (also known as knotless sutures); they can also be used for cosmetic procedures (e.g., face-lifting, cosmetic breast lifting).

Entry Terms : "Sutures, Absorbable" , "Sutures, Biodegradable" , "Absorbable Sutures" , "Biodegradable Sutures" , "Barbed Absorbable Suture Threads" , "Barbed Suture Threads" , "Cog Absorbable Suture Threads" , "Knotless Absorbable Sutures"

UMDC code : 22892

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