Absorbable suture material

Absorbable suture material is used if there is a medical indication for the suture to be absorbed into the tissues. The half-life has become the established criterion for distinguishing between absorbable suture materials. Depending on the indication, we can supply sutures in many different sizes, which are absorbed in the short-, medium- and long-term.

Product overview: absorbable suture materials

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High knot tensile strength, easy to tie, optimal passage through the tissues polyglycolic acid, multifilament / braided, violet and undyed, medium absorption time

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Short absorption time, high knot tensile strength, easy to tie thanks to special coating polyglycolic acid, multifilament / braided, short absorption time, undyed

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Superb ease of handling, very smooth passage through the tissues, short absorption time polyglycolic acid-caprolactone, monofilament, short absorption time, violet and undyed


Polyglycolic acid caprolactone: monofilament, absorbable, violet

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Very smooth passage through the tissues, high linear and tensile strength, pliable handling, reliable absorption polydioxanone, monofilament, long absorption time, violet

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No change in surgical technique, saves time, no extra hand required, less material required polydioxanone, monofilament, unidirectional barbs, long absorption time, violet

Distinguishing features

Origin of the materials

A distinction is made between suture materials of natural origin and those of synthetic origin. Suture materials of natural origin include silk. The other group consists of synthetically manufactured polymers, such as polyamide, polyolefin and polyester sutures. These also include absorbable polymers made from polyglycolic acid.


The half-life is defined as the period of time in which the tensile strength of a suture falls to half of its original value. A further important criterion is the dissolution time. This term describes the time required until complete macroscopic dissolution of the suture in the tissues. The half-life and the dissolution time are influenced by many factors, however, such as suture thickness, tissue type, infection status of the wound and, not least, by the patient's general health.

Manner of absorption

The most important absorption and dissolution times:

Material half-life dissolution time
SERAPID® approx. 5–7 approx. 30–42
SERAFIT® approx. 15–20 approx. 60–90
SERAFAST® approx. 8–13 approx. 90–120
SERASYNTH® approx. 28–42 approx. 180–210