PDS sutures are indicated for use in soft tissue approximation, including use in pediatric cardiovascular tissue where growth is expected to occur and ophthalmic surgery. PDS suture is not indicated in adult cardiovascular tissue, microsurgery and neural tissue. These sutures are particularly useful where the combination of an absorbable suture and extended wound support (up to six weeks) is desirable.
PDS II Sutures, being absorbable, is not to be used where prolonged (beyond six weeks) approximation of tissues under stress is required and is not to be used in conjunction with prosthetic devices (i.e. heart valves or synthetic grafts).
PDS II Sutures have been formulated to minimize the variability of tensile strength retention and absorption rate (loss of mass) and to provide wound support through and extended healing period.