Types of Suture Material Monofilament – Either Absorbable, Dyed or Undyed Or Non-Absorbable, Dyed or Undyed Braided – Either Absorbable

, Dyed or Undyed Or Non-Absorbable, Dyed or Undyed

Most Braided Suture materials are ‘coated’ to help prevent drag/friction in the tissue but they rarely match a monofilament material in this regard. It is however much easier to tie a secure knot with a braided material. Monofilament sutures are more difficult to tie but their smoothness through the tissue and the fact that they do not act as a wick as braided material tends to do means that they are often the material of choice. Dyed suture material is easier to see but will ‘ tattoo’ the tissue so is not used for Subcuticular closure. All sutures have different Tensile strengths and this has also to taken into account when choosing a suture material Absorbable Suture materials will absorb at very different rates so care must be taken to choose the material most suitable for a particular procedure. The choice of needle is also important- They may be any combination of the following:Straight – Curved – Semi-Circular Cutting - Taper cut – Round bodied. Suture sizes ( Diameter) range from very small, 10/0 through to the very large, 4