Polyglycolic Acid

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Polyglycolic Acid is a braided, surgical suture composed of the homopolymer of glycolic acid. It is non-antigenic, non-pyrogenic, and flexible. It is available undyed or dyed violet with D&C violet #2.

Type of Absorption

By hydrolytic action


Violet and undyed




10/0 to 2


Ethylene oxide

Health Registration Number



Available in different gauges and lengths, with or without surgical steel needle.
Available in boxes of 12, 24, and 36 units.


Polyglycolic Acid suture is indicated for use in every type of tissue approximation, including use in ophthalmic surgery but not in cardiovascular surgery, microsurgery or in nervous tissue. This suture can also be used as ligation.


  • For single use only. DO NOT RESTERILIZE.
  • Discard open, unused sutures.
  • Users should be familiar with surgical procedures and techniques involving absorbable sutures before using the product.
  • Do not rub the strand with a surgical glove.
  • Discard remaining strands.
  • Do not use the suture if the package is opened or damaged! Discard open, unused sutures.
  • Users should exercise caution when handling surgical needles to avoid inadvertent needle sticks. Discard used needles in suitable sharps container.
  • To dispose used sutures, take disposal measures considering the risk of biological contamination and sharps injuries.
  • For more information, please read the product’s package insert.


Acceptable suture handling should be followed by closure and drainage of the worked area. In handling suture materials, care should be taken to avoid damage from handling. Avoid crushing or crimping damage due to application of surgical instruments such as forceps or needle holders. As with any suture material, adequate knot security requires the accepted surgical technique of flat and square ties with additional throws as warranted by surgical circumstance and the experience of the surgeon. The use of this suture thread may be inappropriate for elderly patients, malnourished or weakened patients, or patients with any conditions which may contribute to delayed wound healing. 

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