Evaluation: Medtronic Chromic Gut and Plain Gut—Short/Mid-Term Absorbable, Natural, Monofilament Sutures

July 19, 2017 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • These sutures are used to join together the opposing edges of a wound or incision. Typical uses:
    • Chromic Gut (Note: "Chromic Gut" implies that the collagen strands are processed with a chromium-salt solution in order to provide a greater resistance to absorption, yielding higher tensile strength for a longer period of time):
      • General surgery
      • OB-GYN
      • Ophthalmology
    • Plain Gut
      • Skin closure, subcuticular skin closure
      • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Major product components: a) Natural thread of varying lengths and diameters that join wound or incision edges together for healing purposes. (1) For the purposes of this Evaluation, a gut suture is considered as "monofilament"; however, it is manufactured as twisted strands of collagen. The final product appears more similar to typical monofilament sutures than to braided.

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