What are the sections of a surgical needle used in suturing?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A surgical needle has three sections: the point, the body, and the swage (see the image below). The point is the sharpest portion and is used to penetrate the tissue. The body represents the midportion of the needle. The swage is the thickest portion of the needle and the portion to which the suture material is attached.

Diagram of a needle. Diagram of a needle.

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