Undesired tissue reactivity is greater with:
- Multifilament (compared to monofilament)
- Larger suture gauge
- Natural material (compared to synthetic)
Effective Support: 8-9 days
Complete Absorption: 30 days
Rarely used. High tissue reactivity.
Effective Support: 10-21 days
Complete Absorption: >90 days
Gut treated with chromium to decrease tissue reactivity and slow absorption.
Fast Absorbing Gut
Effective Support: 5-7 days
Complete Absorption: 14-28 days
Gut treated with heat to speed absorption.
Effective Support: 21 days
Complete Absorption: 90 days
Less reactive than gut. Synthetic.
Effective Support: 10 days
Complete Absorption: 42 days
Gamma-irradiated to speed absorption.
Tensile Strength: Low
Tissue Reactivity: High
Tensile Strength: High
Tissue Reactivity: Low
Tensile Strength: Moderate
Tissue Reactivity: Very low
Monofilament, less knot security because slippery (may need extra throw in knot).
Suture Removal Timeframes
|Body Part||# of Days After Suturing|
|High tension areas, back||10-14|