What are the ideal characteristics of surgical needle used in suturing?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Answer

The ideal surgical needle would have the following characteristics:

  • It is made of high-quality stainless steel

  • It has the smallest diameter possible

  • It is stable in the grasp of the needle holder

  • It is capable of implanting suture material through tissue with minimal trauma

  • It is sharp enough to penetrate tissue with minimal resistance

  • It is sterile and corrosion-resistant to prevent introduction of microorganisms or foreign materials into the wound


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