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Sutures, Synthetic, Nonabsorbable, Polypropylene

Definition : Synthetic sutures typically made of an isomer of linear propylene, a nonabsorbable (i.e., nonbiodegradable) polymer. These sutures are typically available in sterile monofilament uncoated-thread sections (e.g., 18 and 30 in [45 and 76 cm] long) attached to a single-use needle as an integral device; they are frequently colored for easy identification during surgery. Polypropylene nonabsorbable synthetic sutures keep their tensile strength for up to two years and are not absorbed by tissues; their intended use includes subcuticular closure, pull-out sutures, and suture of contaminated and/or infected wounds. The sutures usually have a smooth surface but some sutures are made of barbed threads. Nonabsorbable polypropylene 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 : "Polypropylene Sutures" , "Sutures, Polypropylene" , "Sutures, Polypropylene Monofilament" , "Sutures, Monofilament" , "Monofilament Sutures" , "Barbed Polypropylene Suture Threads" , "Cog Polypropylene Suture Threads" , "Knotless Polypropylene Sutures"

UMDC code : 13909

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