Materials Guide

Gut

Compares to Ethicon Surgical Gut Suture - Plain/Chromic and Syneture Plain Gut/Chromic Gut

Made of first quality raw material, Catgut ensures a dependable and predictable absorption and an extremely high tensile strength. Every strand is precision polished to a uniform diameter, permitting smooth and secure knotting. Available in plain and chromic.

Twisted: 

  • Plain and Chromic
  • Packaged in Wetting Solution

Common Uses:

  • General Closure
  • OB/Gyn
  • Urology
  • Bowel Anastomosis

In Vivo Strength Retention: 

  • Varies

Mass Absorption:

  • Varies depending upon type of suture (plain vs. chromic) and site of placement

Chromic Gut

Compares to Ethicon Surgical Gut Suture - Plain/Chromic and Syneture Plain Gut/Chromic Gut

Made of first quality raw material, Catgut ensures a dependable and predictable absorption and an extremely high tensile strength. Every strand is precision polished to a uniform diameter, permitting smooth and secure knotting. Available in plain and chromic.

Twisted:

  • Plain & Chromic
  • Packaged in Wetting Solution

Common Uses:

  • General Closure
  • OB/Gyn
  • Urology
  • Bowel Anastomosis

In Vivo Strength Retention:

  • Varies

Mass Absorption:

  • Varies depending upon type of suture (plain vs. chromic) and site of placement

Monoderm™ (polyglycolic acid and e-caprolactone)

Comparable to Monocryl and Caprosyn

This synthetic absorbable monofilament has excellent pliability and handling characteristics. At 7 days it retains 42 – 76% tensile strength, 36 – 52% at 14 days and is essentially absorbed at 90 days. These characteristics make it very popular for subcuticular closure and soft tissue approximation. Available in undyed/clear or violet.

Monofilament:

  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (violet)

Common Uses: 

  • General Closure
  • OB/Gyn
  • Urology
  • Gastrointestinal

In Vivo Strength Retention: 

  • 42-76% at 7 days
  • 36-52% at 14 days

Mass Absorption:

  • Essentially complete by 90 days

Polysyn Fa™ (Polyglycolic acid)

Comparable to VICRYL RAPIDE and Velosorb Fast

The extraordinarily smooth, low friction proprietary coating reduces tissue drag. These synthetic absorbable sutures ensure closure through the critical wound healing period. They retain approximately 48% of their high initial strength at 7 days and 0% of their strength at 14 days. Available as undyed or violet braided and violet monofilament.

Braided:

  • Undyed (clear)
  • Coated

Common Uses: 

  • General Closure
  • OB/Gyn
  • Urology

In Vivo Strength Retention: 

  • 48% at 7 days
  • 0% at 14 days

Mass Absorption:

  • Essentially complete between 49 and 63 days

PDO (polydioxanone)

Compares to PDS II

This synthetic absorbable monofilament indicated for use in general soft tissue approximation and/or ligation but not for use in cardiovascular or neurological tissues, microsurgery or ophthalmic surgery. At 14 days it retains 80 – 90% tensile strength, 60 – 82% at 28 days, 47 -79% at 42 days and essentially absorbed between 180 and 220 days. Available in dyed (violet).

Monofilament:

  • Dyed (violet)

Common Uses:

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopedic
  • OB/Gyn
  • Gastrointestinal

In Vivo Strength Retention:

  • 80% to 90% at 14 days
  • 60% to 82% at 28 days
  • 47% to 79% at 42 days

Mass Absorption:

  • Essentially complete between 180 and 220 days

Polysyn™ (polyglycolic acid)

Comparable to VICRYL and Polysorb/Dexon

The extraordinarily smooth, low friction proprietary coating reduces tissue drag. These synthetic absorbable sutures ensure closure through the critical wound healing period. They retain approximately 50% of their high initial strength at two weeks and 20% of their strength at three weeks. Available as undyed or violet braided and violet monofilament.

Braided: 

  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (violet)

Monofilament (9-0 & 10-0 only): 

  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (violet)
  • Coated & Uncoated

Common Uses: 

  • Skin Closure
  • OB/Gyn
  • Urology
  • Gastrointestinal

In Vivo Strength Retention: 

  • 50% at 14 days
  • 20% at 21 days

Mass Absorption:

  • Essentially complete between 50 and 90 days.

Nylon

Ethilon and Monosof/Dermalon

The monofilament Nylon is a polyamide suture with characteristic high tensile strength. The uniform smooth surface permits easy passage through tissue. Available in black, blue and clear.

Monofilament: 

  • Undyed (clear)
  • Dyed (blue)(black)
  • Packaged Dry or in Wetting Solution

Common uses: 

  • General & Skin Closure
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Microsurgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Gastrointestinal

Quality: 

  • Passes easily through tissue

Polypropylene

Comparable to Prolene and Surgipro/Surgilene

Inert, smooth, and easy to handle and knot securely, Polypropylene is our most versatile monofilament suture. Tensile strength is superior to other true monofilaments. In addition, a unique extruding technique ensures a uniformly round cross section and a strand that passes easily through tissue with better knot security with less throws.

Monofilament: 

  • Dyed (blue)

Common Uses:

  • General & Skin Closure
  • Neurosurgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Microsurgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery

Qualities:

  • Inert
  • Easy to handle
  • Passes easily through tissue

Polyviolene (Uncoated) (poly ethylene-terephthatate)

Comparable to Mersilene and Surgidac

The fine braiding of Polyester gives this material an excellent smoothness. Easy to handle, its uniform surface minimizes trauma. Its high strength and good knot security provide long-term wound support. Available in green and white.

Braided: 

  • Undyed (white)
  • Dyed (green)
  • Uncoated

Common Uses: 

  • General & Skin Closure
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Neurological Procedures

Qualities: 

  • Smooth
  • Easy to handle
  • Good knot security

Polyviolene XL(Coated)

Compares to ETHIBOND and Tri-Cron

The fine braiding of Polyester gives this material an excellent smoothness. Easy to handle, its uniform surface minimizes trauma. Its high strength and good knot security provide long-term wound support. Available in green and white.

Braided: 

  • Undyed (white)
  • Dyed (green)
  • Coated

Common Uses: 

  • General & Skin Closure
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurological Procedures

Qualities:

  • Smooth
  • Easy to handle
  • Good knot security

Silk

Compares to Permahand Silk and Sofsilk

Noncapillary Silk has excellent handling and tying characteristics. Modern braiding technique provides a uniform smooth surface and a greater tensile strength. Available in black and white.

Braided: 

  • Undyed (white)
  • Dyed (black)
  • Coated

Common Uses: 

  • General & Skin Closure
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

Qualities: 

  • Excellent handling & tying characteristics

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)

This synthetic non-absorbable monofilament composed of high-density polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE). It is indicated for use in all types of soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including dental and general surgery. This suture is not absorbed, nor is any significant change in tensile strength retention known to occur. This suture is provided undyed (White).

Monofilament:

  • Undyed (White)

Common Uses:

  • Dental Surgery
  • General Surgery

Quality:

  • Soft and supple material
  • Excellent handling and knot security
  • Minimal package memory