There are so many suture materials! Here's a brief overview of some of the options. Presented by Jess Mason.
Hey Jess, great video. It might be worth mentioning but the downside to Vicryl Rapide is that it is considerably more expensive.
Thanks Tim. I didn't research the cost differences, so there may be other issues with price that I'm not privy to.
thank you so much Jess for doing this video, it clarifies decision making when choosing suture type for me and I am so many other physicians. Sometimes, the simpler things are the one we have been trained the least on doing... ! Again, well done, a grateful listener.
Thanks Orietta! I teach to my own deficits. If I didn’t know, there’s probably a bunch of people who also didn’t know. Glad you found it useful.
Although rapid dissolving sutures cost more, I compare the cost difference to the cost of the patient seeing anyone for suture removal, and the total cost is considerably less with absorbables. I use them all the time because of the potential cost savings to the system and also because the patient then has a choice - removal after 5 days (face) or 7 days (most other locations), or no removal. Since so few hospitals have the rapid absorbables, I buy my own, typical cost being$50/dozen (18 inch) or $100/dozen (30 inch)
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