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Basic Surgical Technique, Knots and Sutures

Suture types and where to apply

David Salim med. student, Christoffer Bing Madsen med. student, Magnus Avnstorp MD.

It is important to choose the correct suture size depending on the anatomical laocation:

Location of the sutureSuture sizeWhen to remove
ScalpStaples10-14 days
Face5-0, 6-05-7 days
Arms3-0, 4-010-12 days
Truncus3-010-14 days
Leg3-010-14 depending on the pull
Foot4-0, 5-010-14 depending on the pull

In plastic and reconstructive surgery the wound is often closed in multiple layers. It is important to choose the correct sutur material. Carefully think about the healing and timeling of the tissue being sutured. Some sutues are resobable and others are non-resorbable. See the table below for an breif overview.