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Facts about Surgical Stitches

Most of us know that surgical stitchesare means by which surgeons in many different branches of medicinejoin our separated tissue. This may be closing up a wound, a cut, anoperation incision etc. Either way, this is the best possible way ofensuring a proper healing of a wound or any part of our damagedtissue. Now, for these purposes, surgeons use two different types ofstitches. Namely, there are dissolvable and non-dissolvable stitches.The latter, once they serve their purpose, need to be removed by thesurgeon. Therefore, another procedure is necessary for their removalfor the healed skin or tissue of a patient. On the other handdissolvable stitches disappear and thereis no need for any additional interventions. Moreover, dissolvablestitches may be used for internal stitching, during internalsurgeries.

More about Dissolvable Stitches

These stitches are made of materialswhich our body can absorb after they get dissolved. Once thishappens, our organism considers these materials mere waste, breaksthem down by different enzymes and, eventually, gets rid of them byexpelling them throughout feces or urine. The materials used forcreation of these stitches are hair, silk and processed collagen,even though some other, synthetic materials may be used too.Nevertheless, these are also completely dissolvable by our system.

There are different types of thesestitches used for different purposes. For example, our joints andstretchable parts of our body need more elastic stitches than other parts of our body which are usually static and physically unchangedmost of the time. Additionally, the time for dissolving may beshorter or longer, depending on the stitches, again, depending on therecovery of the wound itself.

One type of these stitches is createdfrom processed animal collagen. This material is capable of holdingthe wound firmly for at least 7 days, getting dissolved through thecourse of 2 months. Sometimes, if there is a need for alonger endurance, these stitches are treated with chromium salt,which enhances them and makes them more durable.

There are much long lasting stitchesmade from polymer molecules. These are capable of being present formore than 40 days before dissolving, thus being used for thosesurgeries which require a long recovery period.

There are other synthetic stitcheswhich endure from 90 to 120 days, providing the best support forabout 20 days.

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