Sutures and Suture Assemblies
Sutures are frequently used in general surgery, most notably for tissue repair and approximation. But, they can also play a role in stabilization and fixation, actuation, component assembly and even device delivery, especially in minimally invasive surgeries. ATEX Technologies engineers custom suture configurations that deliver very specific physical and performance attributes critical to successful device performance throughout its designated lifespan. Sutures can be constructed in two primary formats: as monofilament sutures and as multifilament braided structures, with and without coatings. The clinical application and surgery type will determine which format should be used. In addition to providing sutures in cut lengths or on spools, we can also attach your preferred surgical needle thereby creating suture assemblies engineered precisely to meet required needle attachment strength criteria. By leveraging our custom braiding technology, we are able to configure braids that cover the standard USP size range, and more. We are able to incorporate our proprietary UHMWPE, and LCP fibers along with our in-house extruded PET into our suture to provide just the right tensile strength, elongation, surface characteristics and visibility. By intermingling disparate materials we can improve visibility of the component during surgery and impart very specific handling and performance criteria.