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Table 1 Characteristics of Fiberwire and Maxon sutures

From: Tendon end separation with loading in an Achilles tendon repair model: comparison of non-absorbable vs. absorbable sutures

Suture Configuration Fiberwire® Maxon®
Size USP 2 1
Single strand diameter/mm 0.5 0.4
Mass suture Cross Sectional Area/mm2 4-strand = 0.54 6-strand = 0.8 8-strand = 0.69
Material Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated polyester Polyglyconate co-polymer of glycolic acid and Trimethylene Carbonate
Thread type Braided Mono-filament
Colour Blue Green
Absorption Non-absorbable Absorbable predictable 180 days
Ultimate tensile strength single strand 345 N 54 N Strength profile: 80% at 1 week 75% at 2 weeks 65% at 3 weeks 50% at 4 weeks 25% at 6 weeks