Suture Needles

Last updated 08.03.13

 

Index

 

Definition

-  Needles used for suturing ie: in surgery or wound repair

 

Features

-  Suture material is imbedded in the blunt end at the swage

-  Needle is strongest when held with needle holder closest to needle tip

-  All are made of stainless steel

 

Needle Anatomy

-  Swage

-  Where suture material inserts

-  Weakest part of needle

-  Reduces damage to tissue

-  Body

-  Point

 

 

Shapes

-  Curved

-  1/4 Circle

-  3/8 Circle

-  Most common

-  Used for skin

-  1/2 Circle

-  Used for fascia, GI tract, vessels

-  5/8 Circle & J-shaped

-  More suite to limited space areas ie: laparscopic ports

-  Straight

-  Discourged due to possible needle stick injury

 

Types

-  Cutting

-  Reverse cutting

-  Cutting & reverse cutting for tougher tissues like skin

-  Taper

-  Blunt

-  Appropriate for fascia

-  Taper-cut