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Sutures, Natural, Absorbable, Surgical Gut

Definition : Natural sutures made of surgical gut, a biodegradable (absorbable) material consisting of collagen derived from sheep or beef intestinal mucosa. These sutures are typically available in sterile thread sections (e.g., 18, 30 in [45, 76 cm] long) attached to a single-use needle as an integral device; they are frequently colored for easy identification during surgery. Surgical gut sutures keep their tensile strength for 7 to 10 days, and complete absorption occurs in less than 70 days; their intended use includes repair of rapidly healing tissues, ligating superficial blood vessels, and suturing subcutaneous tissue. Natural surgical gut sutures are usually packed in a solution to prevent drying and to preserve their physical properties. Fast-absorbing (five to seven days) surgical gut sutures for epidermal use and surgical gut sutures impregnated with chromium salts to prolong tensile strength and retard absorption are also available.

Entry Terms : "Sutures, Catgut" , "Sutures, Plain Gut" , "Plain Gut Sutures" , "Sutures, Absorbable" , "Sutures, Biodegradable" , "Absorbable Sutures" , "Biodegradable Sutures" , "Sutures, Natural, Absorbable" , "Sutures, Collagen" , "Catgut Sutures" , "Catgut Suture Needles"

UMDC code : 13898

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