The needle type and size/shape are shown only for needle/suture combinations. A repeated needle type (eg RB-1, RB-1) indicates a "double-armed" suture, that is, a suture with a needle attached to each end.
Needle Type/Needle Shape Symbol
Needle type and needle shape are shown in this subhead.
Suture materials are designated by color and construction characteristics (eg Undyed Braided, Violet Braided, etc.)
Suture length is shown in both inches and the approximate metric equivalent. Multi-strand means 3 or 8 strands per packet. These products are packaged 12, 24 or 36 packets per box.
The CR mark refers to control release needle sutures.
Sutures and other ETHICON products are designated by trademarked and generic names.
Suture size, denoting the diameter of the material, is in accordance with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Needle Silhouettes are shown in ACTUAL SIZE. The designated number above the needle, within the Needle Section, is the actual length measured in millimeters.
Product codes ending in suffix G are packaged dozen packets to a box. Product codes ending in suffix H are packaged 3 dozen to a box. Product codes ending in suffix T are packaged 2 dozen packets to a box. In the few instances where no alphabetic suffix is in the product code, the number of packets per box is identified by a footnote. The number of strands per Multi-Strand packet appears on the left of suture length.
Needle length is the actual length measured in millimeters. Needle lengths can be found within the Needle Section and throughout the catalog to the right of the needle code. As a user you will find that many of these needle lengths have been rounded off. Recognize that the needles are not changing, but for consistency ETHICON has applied a rounding convention to all needle lengths. Due to timing differences, the box and label dimensions may not match the catalog exactly, but will be updated accordingly in the near future.
ATRALOC Needles are supplied in a variety of sizes, shapes and chord lengths. Surgeons should select the type of needle that, in their experience, is appropriate for the specific procedure and tissue.
Needle shapes are generally classified according to the degree of curvature of the body — 5/8, 1/2, 3/8, or 1/4
circle and straight — with taper, cutting, blunt points or TAPERCUT* Surgical Needle tips.
In general, the same size of needle may be made from finer gauge wire for use in soft or delicate tissues and from heavier gauge wire for use in tough or fibrosed tissues (the surgeon’s choice).
Elements of Needle Design
Needle design involves analyzing a surgical procedure and the density of the tissue involved in great detail. ETHICON engineers work continuously to improve upon their needle line.
The anatomy of the ideal surgical needle has three key factors that make up the ideal needle.
- Geometry - tip and body
The combination of these attributes is ETHICON MULTIPASS Needle Technology.
MULTIPASS Needles are the highest performing needles that ETHICON Products offers; a combination [or a balance] of three proprietary technologies ensure excellent strength, tissue penetration and control; pass after pass.
An ATRALOC Needle is an instrument that complements the surgeon’s skills. The variety of ETHICON needles offers the surgeon a choice of needles which are dependable for consistent quality and for practically all surgical applications.
ETHICON makes its own needle/sutures combinations. Each step, from raw material to finished needle, is carefully controlled for uniformly superior performance.
Strong, Sharp Micrograin Stainless Steel
ETHICON makes its needles from premium grade stainless steel formulated specifically for surgical use.
The ETHICON process controls the orientation of the micrograins so that ductility and strength are closely controlled – for strong needles that start sharp, and stay sharp, thus assuring easy passage through tissue.
Virtually all ATRALOC Needles have a micro-thin Super-Smooth finish that permits the needle to penetrate and pass through the toughest tissue with an almost fluid-like flow, with minimal resistance and virtually no drag, giving the surgeon a feeling of control.
Needles are permanently attached to the suture materials, eliminating the need for threading and providing a new, sharp needle each time. ATRALOC Needle swaging gives the surgeon a needle with an unbroken surface from end to end;without double strands, it draws through tissue easier and with less tissue trauma.
Ribbed for Security and Control
Longitudinal ribbing on the inside and outside curvatures of most needles has a cross-locking action in the needleholder, minimizing turning, rocking or twisting and thus providing unsurpassed needle control.
Taper Point Needle
For soft, easily penetrated tissues.
ETHIGUARD* Blunt Point Needle
Taper body. For blunt dissection and suturing friable tissue.
Conventional Cutting Needle
Two opposing cutting edges, with a third on inside curve. Change in cross-section from a triangle cutting tip to a flattened body.
Reverse Cutting Needle
Cutting edge on outer curve. For tough, difficult-to-penetrate tissues.
Cutting tip, taper body. For tough tissue, like two needles in one.
Precision Point Needle
For delicate plastic or cosmetic surgery. Cutting tip electropolished for added sharpness.
Precision Cosmetic-Conventional Cutting PRIME Needle
For delicate plastic or cosmetic surgery. Conventional cutting tip and PRIME geometry for increased sharpness.
MICRO-POINT* Surgical Needle (Spatula)
Thin, flat profile. Specially designed for ophthalmic anterior segment surgery.
Conventional Spatula Needle
Visibility of the point at bottom provides control of depth penetration.
ULTIMA* Needle (Spatula)
Reduced edge-angles provide better penetration. Readily facilitates knot rotation in ophthalmic surgery.
VISI-BLACK* Surgical Needle
Slim Taper point needles with a black finish for improved visibility and penetration.
SABRELOC* Needle (Spatula)
Side-cutting spatula shaped edges. For layers of scleral or corneal tissue. Spatulated needle point is centered for maximum needle stability in thin sclera. Four equidistant and properly defined edges provide greater control.
MICRO-POINT* Reverse Cutting Needle
Cutting edge on outer curve. Extremely smooth. Extremely sharp for ophthalmic surgery.
CS ULTIMA Ophthalmic Needles
DERMABOND ProPen Topical Skin Adhesive
DERMABOND ProPen XL
DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive
ETHALLOY Needle Alloy
ETHIBOND Extra Polyester Suture
ETHIBOND EXCEL Polyester Suture
ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle
ETHILON Nylon Suture
ETHI-PACK Pre-cut Sutures
J-VAC Closed Wound Drainage System
J-VAC Bulb Suction Reservoir
J-VAC Drainage Adapter
J-VAC Silicone Drains
LAPRA-TY Suture Clip
LIGAPAK Dispensing Reel
MERSILENE Polyester Fiber Suture
MERSILENE Polyester Fiber Mesh
MERSILENE Polyester Fiber Strip
MICRO-POINT Surgical Needle
MONOCRYL (poliglecaprone 25) Suture
MONOCRYL Plus Antibacterial (poliglecaprone 25) Suture
NUROLON Nylon Suture
PC PRIME Needle
PDS (polydioxanone) Suture
PDS II (polydioxanone) Suture