New suture available in UK:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Ethicon (UK) has introduced its Vicryl Rapide absorbable suture to the UK market. It is made from the same substance as Ethicon's Coated Vicryl suture, Polyglactin 910, a mixture of polylactic acid and polyglycolic acid. The lifespan of both sutures varies depending on sterilisation. The Cobalt-gamma radiation treated Rapide loses all tensile support after 10-14 days. Ethylene oxide sterilised Coated Vicryl gives support for four weeks.