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Sutures : Non-absorbable Sutures

What is a non absorbable suture?

Sutures are used to help wound closure both on wounds outside the bodyand on wounds on internal tissues. Whilst some sutures will simply 'dissolve' into the patient's skin once they have served their purpose, a non absorbable suture does not have this property. Non-absorbable sutures are generally made of resilient materials such as silk, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, to name a few of the most common materials. Non absorbable sutures can be braided, or they can come as a monofilament. 

When are they used?

These types of sutures can be used for several reasons. Firstly, they are cost effective. Moreover, many surgeons wish to meet the patient a few days or weeks after a surgery, and removing stitches is a good opportunity to check whether the wound has healed correctly. Finally, non-absorbable sutures may be used because in some cases the suture needs to stay in place for a long time period to enable the wound to heal. 

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