ABSORBABLE AND NON-ABSORBABLE SUTURE MATERIAL
NYLON ( Polyamide 6.6 ) ( PA )
is a black non-absorbable monofilament thread suture made from polyamide 6.6.
Nylon is particularly suited for microsurgery because of its consistent tensile strength, smooth and
even surface, and its good knotting properties. Nylon is first choice for ophthalmic and Microsurgery.
Micro-needle thread combination with nylon carry green framed labels.
STERNOTOMY - STAINLESS STEEL /TITANIUM sutures
Sternotomy suture material is a monofil or braided non-absorbable implantable surgical suture material
made of high-grade surgical stainless steel AISI 316 LVM or Titanium Wire.
Sternotomy sutures have yellow-edged labels and are available in different lengths and diameters, armed with
single high-grade stainless steel needles, rotating needles of different lengths.
Sternotomy sutures comply with the requirements of European pharmacopoeia ( EU PH. ) in terms of
sterile, surgical suture materials. Refer to our catalog for more detailed information.
Sternotomy suture materials made of high-grade Stainless steel or Titanium-wire are intended for the closing of the
sternum, using surgical techniques by which means that a monofilament suture made of high-grade stainless
steel or Titanium wire is inserted.
The needle and thread combination to be used is selected according to the condition of wound, patient, area or
application, surgical technique being applied and corresponding with the experience of the surgeon.
Sternotomy sutures are made of high-grade Stainless steel or Titanium wire triggers a minimal acute inflamed
reaction in the tissues. Absorption does not occur.
Sutures made of high-grade stainless steel or Titanium wire are not approved for use in
patients who are sensitive towards or allergic to the metals contained in the high-grade Stainless steel
AISI 316 LVM ( iron, nickel, chromium and manganese etc.).
WARNINGS / PRECAUTIONS
Since the risk of wound dehiscence is dependent on the area of the body and suture material being inserted, the
user should be familiar with surgical methods and techniques ( especially with knot techniques ), by which means
Sternotomy suture materials made of high-grade Stainless steel or Titan wire are used for sealing wounds.
In the event of drainage, or closure of infected or contaminated wounds, generally acknowledged surgical
techniques must be followed.
In general, when using Sternotomy suture, you should ensure that the suture material is not damaged or squashed
by surgical instruments such as forceps, needle holders or tweezers, since this could result in negative changes in
the tensile strength of the suture material and in its safety.
● When using a Sternotomy suture
You should ensure that you grip the middle of the needle and do not damage either the point or armed end of the
needle with surgical instruments like tweezers or needle holders, since otherwise this can cause the needle
to bend or break.
The following side-effects can occur with the insertion of Sternotomy suture materials made of high-grade stainless
steel or Titanium-wire:- wound dehiscence, wound infections, allergic reactions in patients sensitive towards or
allergic to high-grade stainless steel AISI 316 LVM or Titanium, slight acute inflamed reactions in the tissues and
temporary local irritation.
● Tips on the sterility
Sternotomy suture materials are packed in units of 1-6 and supplied in a sterile state.
If packaging is damaged the suture materials must not be used. With unopened packs sterility is guaranteed to the
expiry date on the pack.
● Storage conditions
Sternotomy sutures should be stored at a temperature of below 32°C. Protect from dampness and direct sunlight.
Do not continue using after the expiry date.
BRAIDED SILK blue / black / white ( SB / SS / SW ) is weaved out of the silk spider´s cocoon and is as a result a
natural non-absorbable material. It guarantees, thanks to a special weaving technique a strong non-tearable and
an evenly distributed structure. Micro-needle thread combination with silk carry light blue framed labels.
POLYPROPYLENE blue / black ( PP ) is a non-absorbable monofilament thread with a smooth pore free surface.
Thus when it comes to sewing polypropylene slips neatly and evenly through muscle tissue. Furthermore as a result of it´s
non-hydrolytic nature, polypropylene is particularly suitable for absorbent and permanent stitches.
Unlike nylon, polypropylene is not decomposable, this in turn guarantees lasting firmness.
Polypropylene remains innert in skin tissue and is dyed blue in the thread sizes 4/0 to 8/0 ( PH.EUR. ).
The thread sizes 9/0 and 10/0 ( PH.EUR. ) are dyed black allowing a better visibility in the tissue.
Micro-needle thread combinations with polypropylene carry dark blue framed labels.
POLYESTER ( PE ) is a multifilament, non-absorbable surgical suture material. Polyester enabling to slip cleanly and evenly
through tissue. Polyester is dyed white or green with thread strengths 10/0 to 4/0 USP ( 0.2 to 1.5 metric ).
Suture materials made of polyester have orange edged labels.
PVDF, Polyvinylidene fluoride ( PV ) is a black non-absorbable monofilament thread made out of polyvinylidene fluoride.
The tissue areas where PVDF is used are similar to those of polypropylene. PVDF, however, provides a better and
tighter knotting process with fewer knots. As with polypropylene, PVDF may also be used for implanting.
Micro-needle thread combinations with PVDF carry dark grey framed labels.
PGA, Polyglycolic acid ( PGA ) violet or undyed, is a braided synthetic absorbable monofilament or braided multifilament
made of Polyglycolic acid and coated with N-Laurin and L-Lysine, which render the thread extremely smooth,
and soft and knot safe. PGA sutures are used wherever absorption is required.
PDO, Polydioxanone( PDO ) is a synthetic absorbable monofilament made of Poly L-Lactid-co-ε-Caprolacton.
Smooth passage through tissue. PDO provides a long lasting wound support.
Absorbable, non-absorbable and implantable suture material
When separating needle from thread suitable forceps should be used and the separation must occur at a distance
of at least 4-5 cm from the end of the needle shaft. In general, surgical needles should be handled with meticulous
care when in use in order to avoid needle-prick injuries to patient and user. Suitable containers must be used for
the disposal of needles.