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Mechanical Study of the Properties of Sutures used in Orthopedics Surgeries[*]Article in several languages: português | English
08 July 2017
27 February 2018
16 April 2019 (online)
Objective To evaluate the mechanical properties of sutures commonly used in orthopedic surgeries, characterizing their behavior through tensile tests and determining which one has greater mechanical strength.
Method Tensile tests of different sutures were performed in a mechanical testing machine BME 10 kN, using a 50 kgf maximum capacity loading cell. Seven samples from each suture material were tested. Both ends of the sample material were fixed in the proper metal claw, maintaining an initial length of 5 cm. Tests were performed at a speed of 20 mm/minute and at room temperature, recording data for maximum displacement and maximum force at the rupture point.
Results FiberWire® #2 (Artrhex, Naples, FL, USA) presented the highest mean strength of rupture (240.17 N), followed by HiFi® #2 (Conmed, Utica, NY, USA) (213.39N) and Ethibond® #5 (Ethicon Inc., Somerville, NJ, USA) (207.38 N). Ethibond® #2 (Ethicon Inc., Somerville, NJ, USA) had the lowest mean strength of rupture (97.8 N).
Conclusion Non-absorbable braided polyblend sutures, more recently introduced, are superior to conventional, braided polyester sutures, and FiberWire® #2 is the most resistant suture evaluated in the present study.
Keywordsshoulder - acromioclavicular joint/injuries - acromioclavicular joint/surgery - biomechanical phenomena - sutures
* Work developed at the Departament of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil.
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