Absorbable Stitches

absorbable stitches

I usually close tiny wounds from mole or cyst removal with extremely fine absorbable stitches (which avoids the need for a suture removal visit).

When I trained, “catgut” sutures were routine. These are made using the intestine of cows or sheep and gradually absorbed over a 3 month period. Strength is only maintained for a week though despite a long degradation period. Today’s synthetic sutures maintain strength for longer despite more rapid absorption. In addition, they have no risk of disease transmission such as CJD.

Please contact me if you have moles, cysts, lipomas, split earlobes or varicose veins that you would like to have removed; I am happy to help.

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