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Sutures, Synthetic, Absorbable

Definition : Synthetic sutures made of absorbable (i.e., biodegradable) polymers (e.g., polyglactin, polyglycolic acid, lactic acid). 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.

Entry Terms : "Sutures, Absorbable" , "Sutures, Biodegradable" , "Absorbable Sutures" , "Biodegradable Sutures"

UMDC code : 22892


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