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SRG provides wholesale and direct-to-facility savings on Ethicon, Covidien, Quill, and Look sutures. Clients save between 10-50% on average. Large Distributor warehouses fulfill and deliver medical 10’s of thousands of products. Our program solely represents the end-user in the purchase of sutures direct from the OEM or an OEM authorized distributor, often times creating substantial savings.

Summary

SRG is on a mission to bring low pricing, transparency, and education to the purchase of Ethicon and Covidien sutures. Aesyntix Physician Network, a leading group purchasing organization, and Suture Express, a prominent distributor, have joined with us to achieve SRG’s aims.

SRG aims to turn the underserving distribution model on its head. SRG clients will find:

  1. Low suture pricing not typically available to the ambulatory and office-based surgery sector
  2. Transparency, both pre-order and invoice, as to the monies paid to Suture Express for suture orders and the associated (and modest) fee to SRG
  3. Education ensuring surgeons have comprehensive knowledge of the various suture technologies, best practices, and the procurement process

Read about how our unique suture program works here.

Absorbable Sutures

Break down in the body and are often used internally. Absorbable sutures include chromic/plain gut, monofyl/monocryl, PDO/PDS, and PGA/Vicryl.

Non-Absorbable Sutures

Must be manually removed and are often used externally. Non-absorbable sutures include nylon, PGA/Vicryl, silk, polyester, and stainless steel.

Suture Types

Each type of sutures can also be classified by their type either a monofilament or multifilament. Monofilament sutures include polypropylene, gut, nylon, stainless steel, etc. These provide the better passage through the tissue, giving a lower tissue reaction. Multifilament sutures include PGA, polyglactin, silk, and polyester. Multifilament sutures are braided and may be coated with silicone, wax, etc.. This type provides better knot security over monofilament.

Suture Needles

Straight suture needles are usually used when tissue is easily accessible. They are useful for skin closure or microsurgical procedures. Half-Curved needles are usually used in laparoscopic surgeries. 1/4 circle needles have a shallow curvature and used on easily accessible convex surfaces. 3/8 Circle needles are best used in confined locations. 5/8 needles are ideal for deep confined holes. Tapered suture needles have a round bodied needle with a blunt point, they are tapered and have no cutting edge. Tapered needles were designed to separate tissue rather than cutting. Cutting suture needles are used for general skin closure. Some surgeons prefer their subtype reverse cutting edge because the cutting edge is on the outer curvature.

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