Practigut Catgut Plain

Absorbable Plain Catgut suture


AIP Medical’s Practigut Plain is a 100% Belgian made catgut suture brand. Plain catgut is a natural and absorbable type of suture. It consists of collagen taken from the submucosa of the small intestine of ruminants. It is a twisted polyfilament suture with a monofilament appearance and resorbed by phagocytosis. Due to the lack of treatment with chromium salts, this kind of catgut resorbs faster than chromic catgut. However, this does not prevent it from guaranteeing uniform resorption, excellent workability, great flexibility and important tissue support.

Plain catgut is used for sutures and ligatures in general surgery and is very suitable for lining or bonding soft tissue, including ophthalmic applications. It is also used in gynaecology, obstetrics, urology and gastrointestinal surgery.

However, it is not suitable for cardiovascular and neurosurgery. Furthermore, it is not suitable for use in cases where long tissue support is required or where the patient’s healing is delayed. It should not be used in case of tissue infection and in case of allergy to collagen and chromium.

Our Practigut Plain is available in cassette for veterinary use. For more information, please contact us.

Technical features

Type of suture

Twisted multifilament with a monofilament appearance


Strands of purified collagen taken from the serosal layer of selected bovines. Origin from BSE-free classified countries.





Tissue reaction



By phagocytosis. Complete mass absorption in approximately 63 days. Approximately 50% of tensile strength remain after 7 days. When used in infected tissues or in tissues with increased levels of proteolytic enzymes (stomach, cervix, vagina) it is more quickly absorbed.



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