Sutures 09 Exercises

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Sutures 09 Exercises

This subsection has text from an interactive multimedia training program on basic 
surgical skills called PrimeSkills in Surgery.
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this subsection).



1. Stretch the 2 sutures below to straighten zig-zags.

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3/0 Vicryl. - 1000gm.


2/0 Vicryl. - 1300gm.


You will feel the Vicryl sutures lengthening slightly as the zig-zags disappear permanently. The sutures are then easier to handle.


(The sutures will break with pulls of 1500gm. and 6000gm. respectively.)


2. Stretch number 1 Nylon.


The suture feels springy, but does not stretch like Vicryl.


Zig-zags will be reduced to about 50% of the original with a pull of 3000gm.


This makes handling a little easier.


You will probably not to be able to break the suture because of discomfort in your hand at a steady pull of 5000gm.


You can probably snap the suture with a sudden jerking pull.



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