Suture sizes and suggested indications for their use
When to use different sizes of suture
|USP SIZE||SIZE IN MM||SUGGESTED INDICATION|
|11-0 & 10-0||0.01 & 0.02||Ophthalmology, microsurgical repair|
|9-0 & 8-0||0.03 & 0.04||Ophthalmology, microsurgical repair|
|7-0 & 6-0||0.05 & 0.07||Small vessel repair/grafting, fine suturing on the hand/nailbed & face|
|5-0 & 4-0||0.1 & 0.15||Larger vessel repair, skin closure (hands/limbs, face) tendon repair|
|3-0 & 2-0||0.2 & 0.3||Closure of thick skin, fascia, muscle, tendon repair|
|0 & 1||0.35 & 0.4||Closure of fascia, drain stitches|
|2 and above||>0.5||Large tendon repairs, thick fascial closures, drain sutures (usually orthopaedic surgery)|
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