II. Category

  1. Natural Nonabsorbable Suture (braided)

III. Indications: Rarely used now

  1. Eye and lip skin surgery
  2. Intraoral surgery
  3. Vas deferens ligation (Vasectomy)

IV. Advantages

  1. Best handling and tying of any Suture Material

V. Disadvantages

  1. Least tensile strength of any Suture Material
  2. High tissue reactivity (similar to Catgut Suture)
  3. Increases risk of infection due to high capillarity

VI. References

  1. Epperson in Pfenninger and Fowler (1994) Procedures for Primary Care Physicians, Mosby, Chicago, p. 3-11
  2. Townsend (2001) Sabiston Textbook Surgery, p. 1552-3
  3. Howell (1997) Emerg Med Clin North Am 15(2):417-25 [PubMed]
  4. Moy (1991) Am Fam Physician 44(6):2123-8 [PubMed]

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