They will dissolve in tissue after a given period of time. However, it is important to choose one where the rate of tensile strength loss equals the healing rate of the tissue.
Nowadays, most absorbable sutures are made of synthetic polymer fibres, which are more popular due to their ease of use, low tissue reaction, guaranteed non-toxicity and low cost. These may be monofilament in structure (made of one single strand) or multifilament (several strands braided together). Absorption is by hydrolysis. The braided sutures such as polyglycolic acid (PGA) and polyglactic acid (PGLA) have a smooth surface making them easy to use, reducing tissue trauma and ensuring good ligation. They also do not harbour bacteria.
Cold packs may be used at the end of the surgery to prevent swelling and reduce pain.
We also provide non absorbable sutures.