Definition : Sutures made of natural raw materials derived from animal collagen (e.g., surgical gut sutures) or protein (e.g., silk sutures) or, less frequently, from vegetable fibers (e.g., cotton, linen). These sutures may be absorbable (i.e., biodegradable), typically made of surgical gut (collagen derived from sheep or beef intestinal mucosa), or nonabsorbable (i.e., nonbiodegradable), made of silk, cotton, or linen. The type of natural suture used 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. Natural sutures are typically available in sterile 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.
Entry Terms : "Natural Sutures" , "Sutures, Iodized"
UMDC code : 22877