Non-Absorbable Suture Optilene® – The flexible one

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Flexibility for special comfort

Optilene® is widely used in veterinary practice and clinics for hernia and vascular surgery, demanding skin closure, for tendon and capsular suturing. The good handling is achieved by the impressive elasticity and stretch properties. At the same time, Optilene® characterised by its proven reliable tensile strength.


  • Hernias and vessel surgery
  • Tendons and capsular suturing
  • Skin closure

Properties and features

  • Soft and smooth
  • Good elasticity and elongation properties
  • Proven reliable tensile strength
  • Controlled knot run-down

Structure:Monofilament, uncoated
Chemical composition:Polypropylene / Polyethylene
Diameter:USP 10/0 - USP 2
Knot tensile strength retention:non-absorbable

The monofilament advantages

  • The monofilament sutures appear to have the lowest infection promoting effects [1-4]
  • Compared with braided multifilament sutures, absorbable monofilaments exhibit less tissue drag and cause less tearing because of their smooth surfaces [5]

Related documents

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Pocket Guide The Right Thread for Every Suture Good to know B. Braun sutures
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VetCare Suture Recommendation Brochure UK.pdf
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VetCare Veterinary Surgery Brochure.pdf
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[1] Mangram AJ, Horan TC, Pearson ML, Silver LC, Jarvis WR. Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 1999. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Am J Infect Control. 1999;27(2):97-132.
[2] Choi HJ, Chae HD. Comparison of E. Coli infiltration between new synthetic absorbable sutures. J Korean Surg Soc. 2009;77(1):1-6.
[3] Buresch A, Van Arsdale A, Ferzli M, Bernstein P, Garry D, Ngai I. Comparison of subcuticular suture type in post-cesarean wound complications: A randomized controlled trial American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2017;216:1 Supplement 1 (S25).
[4] Won H-S, Lee S-W, Kim Y-M, Kim A. Clinical usefulness and safety of the anti-bacterial coated multi lament suture (Vicryl Plus®) and mono lament suture (Monosyn®) in hysterectomy BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2012;119 SUPPL. 1 (44)
[5] Im JN, Kim JK, Kim HK, Lee KY, Park WH. Characteristics of novel monofilament sutures prepared by conjugate spinning. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2007;83(2): 499-504.