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suture

1. Surgery
a. catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
b. the surgical seam formed after joining two surfaces
2. Anatomy a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)
3. Zoology a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell
4. Botany a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule

Suture

 

the surgical uniting, chiefly by a surgical needle and suture material, of tissues cut during surgery or separated by an injury. Threads made of silk, linen, or Dacron and other polymeric materials are used in superficial sutures. In buried sutures, which are applied to internal organs and tissues, absorbable materials, such as catgut or biologically inert polymeric threads, are used; buried sutures are not removed.

One type of superficial suture, cosmetic suture, which is applied to the face, is made using threads of horsehair or thin ca-pron. Osteorrhaphy (osteosynthesis) is a type of buried suture. Primary, primo-secondary, and secondary sutures are distinguished on the basis of when the sutures are applied, which depends on the type of wound. The sutureless union of tissues is achieved with various adhesives made from polymeric materials (for example, cyanoacrylate) or with metal clamps.

suture

[′sü·chər]
(biology)
A distinguishable line of union between two closely united parts.
(medicine)
A fine thread used to close a wound or surgical incision.
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On postoperative days 29 to 38, all six retention sutures were removed (see Figure 2) and the puncture sites were packed with dressing soaks of Dakin solution (see Figure 3).
Immobilization using a plaster cast, axillary block anesthesia, and external fixation are some of the methods to provide the stabilization of the groin flap[8,9] In our case, we used a method based on a conventional process: the flap was adapted to the groin area by applying a dressing filling at the armpit area and retention sutures at fingertips.
Sometimes this may not be possible at all or may result in abdominal compartment syndrome if done under tension.8 The available techniques for these wounds closure include only skin closure, Bogota bag, mesh closure, vacuum-assisted closure, component separation fascial closure and local flaps, Wittmann patch, Zipper closure, human amniotic membrane, dynamic retention sutures.5 These techniques aim at preventing the abdominal contents from the problems due to exposure and abdominal compartment.
These wounds can be managed with temporary abdominal closure techniques such as retention sutures, a Bogota bag, or loose packing (World.
Retention sutures may reduce vascular compromise along the wound edge by allowing the use of finer suture material to approximate the wound.