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Sutures, Synthetic, Nonabsorbable, Polyethylene

Definition : Synthetic sutures made of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene, a nonabsorbable (i.e., nonbiodegradable) polymer. These sutures are typically available in sterile multifilament noncoated thread sections (e.g., 18, 30 in [45, 76 cm] long) attached to a single-use needle as an integral device; they are frequently colored for easy identification during surgery. Polyethylene sutures keep their tensile strength for very long periods of time and are not absorbed by tissues; their intended use includes attachment of soft tissue to bone (e.g., the rotator cuff) and/or bone anchors.

Entry Terms : "Polyethylene Sutures" , "Sutures, Polyethylene" , "Sutures, Twisted" , "Sutures, Braided" , "Sutures, Multifilament" , "Twisted Sutures" , "Braided Sutures" , "Multifilament Sutures"

UMDC code : 13907

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