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Surgical gut suture
is an absorbable, sterile surgical suture composed of purified
connective tissue (mostly collagen) derived from either the serosal
layer of bovine or the submucosal fibrous layer of bovine intestines.
Surgical gut suture is indicated for use in general soft
tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in ophthalmic
procedures, but not for use in cardiovascular and neurological tissues.
1. Infection-surgical gut is absorbed more rapidly in infected
tissue than in noninfected tissue.
2. Tissue sites-surgical gut will
absorb more rapidly in tissue where increased levels of proteolytic
enzymes are present, as in the secretions exhibited in the
stomach,cervix and vagina.
This suture being absorbable, should not be used
where extended approximation of tissue is required. Do not resterilize.
Users should be familiar with surgical procedures and
techniques involving gut suture before using for wound closure,as the
risk of wound dehiscence may vary with site of application. This suture
may be inappropriate in geriatric, malnourished, or debilitated
patients, or in patients suffering from conditions which may delay
As with all suture materials, care should be taken to
avoid damaging the material during handling. The material should not be
crushed or crimped by application of surgical instruments. Only the
free end of the suture should be held with a needleholder of forceps
during instrument ties.
VEDCO - 11/14/98.1