Mechanical Properties of Suture Materials

  • Emrah Açan
  • Onur Hapa
  • F. Alan Barber


An ideal suture should have high tensile strength, hold securely when knotted, handle easily, not break unexpectedly, be flexible when knotted, cause minimal tissue reaction, be resistant to infection, and biodegrade after satisfactory tissue healing. Suture materials can be absorbable or nonabsorbable, monofilament or braided, and made of a single or blend of materials. Adequate suture strength is required. The initial sutures were braided with excellent strength for open surgery. However arthroscopic and endoscopic techniques required more and suture breaking during knot tying lead to high-strength sutures containing ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopedicsDokuz Eylul University HospitalIzmırTurkey
  2. 2.Plano Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Spine CenterPlanoUSA

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