Definition : Sutures made of synthetic polymer fibers. These sutures may be made of absorbable (i.e., biodegradable) or nonabsorbable (i.e., non biodegradable) materials; typically, absorbable sutures are made of polyglycolic acid and derivatives, lactic acid, or caprolactone, while nonabsorbable sutures are made of more common polymers (e.g., polypropylene, polyester, nylon). 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. Synthetic sutures are typically available in sterile 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.
Entry Terms : "Synthetic Sutures" , "Sutures, Iodized"
UMDC code : 22891