Author: Mr Robert Pearson

Suture Material – What, Why and When?

When a junior surgical trainee is asked, “Which suture would you like for skin?”, a common response is “Whatever The Boss likes to use!”. This answer serves two purposes: It maintains the status quo, but (more importantly) it also covers up the fact that many of us have only a very basic understanding of suture materials. In light of this, I hope this overview will cover the basics of why different suture materials are used, and why it matters! The ideal suture material is sterile, easy to handle, strong (along all of its length), resistant to infection and cheap....

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