Comparison of Suture Materials

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There are so many suture materials! Here's a brief overview of some of the options. Presented by Jess Mason.

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Tim V. -

Hey Jess, great video. It might be worth mentioning but the downside to Vicryl Rapide is that it is considerably more expensive.

Jess Mason -

Thanks Tim. I didn't research the cost differences, so there may be other issues with price that I'm not privy to.

Orietta G. -

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.

Jess Mason -

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.

Robert D. -

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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