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Medical Sutures

Medical Ethicon Sutures



Holding it together. That's what our sutures do.

Medical Sutures stock many well-known brands and have a selection of several gauges, colours and uses of medical sutures to choose from.

We also have all the associated kit that you may need when using the sutures, such as dressings, adhesives, stapling devices, instruments, gloves, wipes and disinfectants.

We offer both cheap Vicryl sutures for use in the emergency department and tougher non-absorbable sutures for long-term wound support.

So, let’s take a look here. If you’re looking to buy medical sutures, check us out. The site range includes:

Absorbent Dressings

Johnsons Interceed and Spongostan absorbent dressings for various medical uses.


Dermabond topical adhesive and skin closure systems.


A choice of two defibrillators: one cannula and one power cord. Because you never know when you will need them, even if your crash team is on the way.

Disposable Surgical Instruments

All sorts of single-use disposable surgical instruments from Johnson & Johnson.

General Medical Surgical Equipment

White, red, blue and yellow 45cm monofilament Ethiloops by Johnson & Jonhson.

Laparoscopic Consumables

A selection of laparoscopic consumables of all types and sizes.

Stapling Devices

Sometimes staples are better than sutures.

We Also Sell

Various other medical equipment from leading manufacturers.

Surgical Instrument Sets

Hysteroscopes and light cables.

Surgical Instruments

Blades, needles, laparoscopic devices and more.

Ethicon and Ethibond Sutures For Sale

We stock the full range of Ethibond & Ethicon sutures, from Vicryl Rapide quickly absorbable sutures to the more expensive sutures needed for cardiovascular surgical work. More details can be found below, please keep reading.

Wound Closure

A selection of surgical patches and mesh products for wound closure such as Ethiozorb, Proceed, Ultrapro and Physiomesh. Our range includes patches, bags and plugs.

Wound Management Products

Surgicel, Biopatch, Veraseal and Evicel ranges, plus nylon tape in various widths.

Sterile Disposable Gloves

Powder-free sterile latex, nitrile and polyisoprene gloves in a variety of sizes.

Sterile Wipes

Clinell 2% alcoholic disinfection wipes.

Cleanroom Disinfectant

Contec Prochlor hypochlorous acid, 1 lire spray or 5 litre can.

As stated, we stock the full range of Ethibond sutures. It’s worth going into some details about these. The type and grade of suture needed will vary by procedure, patient age and even by the gravity of the injury.

Vicryl sutures are synthetic and absorbable. They are coated with polyglactin and can be used in general soft tissue surgery including ophthalmic procedures. Vicryl Rapide sutures can be absorbed faster than any other suture in the Ethicon range, making them the best choice for closure of superficial wounds where there are no complications and quick healing is expected.

Cheap vicryl sutures can be used in accident and emergency departments to repair lacerations and shallow cuts.

Because they are absorbable, aftercare is simpler. There is no difference in the type of scar left if the vicryl option is used instead of nylon non-absorbable sutures. So you can save money when you buy cheap vicryl sutures instead of more expensive options.

Vicryl Rapide sutures are better suited for paediatric laceration repair, due to their simplicity and speed of absorption.

Vicryl sutures are not suitable for use in closing cardiovascular or neurological tissue, however. For that, you will need polyester, nylon or silk sutures, which are non-absorbable.

Monocryl sutures are available in violet and clear options. They are absorbable monofilament sutures often used for subcutaneous facial wound closure.

Ethibond Excel polyester sutures are braided and dyed bright green to help visibility. Unlike vicryl sutures, these can be used in cardiovascular and neurological surgery as well as ophthalmic procedures.

Alternatively, if you need polyester sutures, you could consider using Mersilene polyester flbre sutures. These are non-absorbable, sterile and braided.

Nylon sutures from Ethilon and Nurolon are both suitable for use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic, and neurological surgery.

Perma-hand silk sutures are another option for closing cardiovascular, ophthalmic, and neurological surgical incisions. They are non-absorbable.

PDS II sutures are general surgical sutures that can be used in orthopaedic, gastrointestinal and paediatric cardiovascular procedures.

Prolene polypropylene sutures, available in blue or undyed options, are non-absorbable but can be left safely deep within the body indefinitely. They can also be removed if used on the surface of the skin.

Surgical stainless-steel sutures can be used for abdominal, intestinal, hernia and skin closure. They require the use of a Roto-Grip or SCC needle, which is supplied with the sutures.

The Stratafix range of sutures and tissue control devices are barbed and use anchors to stay fixed in soft tissue. This eliminates the need for knots.

Dermabond skin adhesive is used to bond wound edges together. It is suitable for use on incisions or lacerations which would otherwise require 5-0 sutures or smaller. Prineo skin closure dressings use a mesh and liquid system to promote steady healing.

Except for stainless steel sutures and when performing cardiovascular surgery, Ethicon suture needles can be used with all these sutures.

For cardiovascular surgery, Everpoint silicone-coated cardiovascular needles offer better performance.

Consultants often have preferences regarding their surgical kit. They will specify glove size, scrub and footwear size, even the size of needle or suture they prefer to use for a particular procedure.

They do not usually buy medical sutures themselves, and the surgery they perform may limit their choice. Buyers should have a range of suppliers they can call on to source particular items, in case of supply or delivery issues, consultant preference or patient requirements.

Our range of medical sutures of all types and the associated kit aims to meet most needs. From cheap Vicryl sutures to specialist cardiovascular non-absorbable sutures, there is a wide choice if you choose to buy medical sutures from us.


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