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ETHICON™ Suture Needles are specifically and carefully selected surgical needles. To achieve excellent wound closure outcomes for your patients and your self, it is essential to select the right components. Ideally the surgical needle should be sharp so as to penetrate and thread the suture through tissue with minimal resistance. It must also be as slim as possible however not compromising the strength, it must also be rigid to resist bending under pressure, yet ductile to resist breaking.

The range of ETHICON™ Sutures offer well over 200 types of surgical suture needles, this provides the healthcare professional with a very large variety of high quality sutures to select from for any surgical setting where the tissue is required to be repaired.

The ETHICON™ range of sutures are categorised into 3 key areas: Absorbable Sutures, Non-Absorbable Sutures, STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices

ABSORBABLE SUTURES

SURGICAL GUT - PLAIN AND CHROMIC

  • Type: Virtual Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Composed of purified connective tissue (mostly collagen) derived from either the serosal layer of beef (bovine) or the submucosal fibrous layer of sheep (ovine) intestines. Chromic gut is processed to provide greater resistance to absorption
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Loss of tensile strengthand loss of suture mass,as the proteolytic enzymatic digestive process dissolves the surgical gut. Many variable factors may affect the rate of absorption (see absorption rate).
  • Absorption Rate: Surgical gut sutures is absorbed more rapidly in infected tissue than in non-infected tissue.Surgical gut will absorb more rapidly in tissue where increased levels of proteolytic enzymes are present, as in the secretions exhibited in the stomach, cervix and vagina. Plain gut generally absorbs more rapidly than Chromic gut.
  • Tissue Reaction: Moderate tissue inflammations occurs.
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissues under stress is required. Should not be used in patients with known sensitivities or allergies to collagen or chromium (Chromic).
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in ophthalmic procedures. Not for use in cardiovascular or neurological tissues.

Click here to view our full range of Surgical Gut Sutures.

Click here to view the J&J Plain Gut Suture Catalogue and the J&J Chromic Gut Suture Catalogue.

Absorbable Sutures Surgical Gut

Surgical Gut Suture Plain 6/0 45cm 2xG-1 - Box/12

Gut Plain Undyed 18in 4-0 S/A P-3 PRM

Gut Chromic Blue 18in 6-0 D/A S-14

Gut Plain Undyed 18in 4-0 S/A PS-2 PR

COATED VICRYL® RAPIDE

  • Type: Braided
  • Raw Material: Polyglactin 910, a copolymer of lactide and glycolide coated with Polyglactin 370 and calcium stearate.
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Approximately 50% remains at 5 days. Lost within 10 -14 days.
  • Absorption Rate: Minimal until about 14th day. Essentially complete by 42 days. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Due to rapid loss of tensile strength, should not be used where extended approximation of tissues under stress is required or where wound support beyond 7 days is required.
  • Frequent Uses: Superficial soft tissue approximation of skin and mucosa only. Not for use in ligation, ophthalmic, cardiovascular or neurological procedures.

Click here to view our full range of Coated VICRYL® Rapide Sutures.

Click here to view the Vicryl Rapide Suture Catalogue

Absorbable Sutures Coated VICRYL Rapide Products

VICRYL RAPIDE 5/0 FS-3 36's

VICRYL RAPIDE Undyed 75cm 4-0 PS-2 - Box/12

VICRYL RAPIDE Undyed 70cm 3-0 SH - Box/36

VICRYL Rapide 75cm 4-0 RB-1 - Box/12

MONOCRYL®

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Poliglecaprone 25, a copolymer of glycolide and epsilon-caprolactone.
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Dyed: Approximately 60-70% remains at 1 week. Approximately 30-40% remains at 2 weeks. Lost within 4 weeks. Undyed: Approximately 50-60% remains at 1 week. Approximately 20-30% remains at 2 weeks. Lost within 3 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Complete at 91-119 days. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissues under stress is required. Undyed is not indicated for use in fascia.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation. Not for use in cardiovascular or neurological tissues, microsurgery, or ophthalmic procedures.

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Click Here to view the Monocryl Catalogue

 

Absorbable Sutures MONOCRYL Products

MONOCRYL® 4/0 P-3 45cm Undyed - Box/12

MONOCRYL® Undyed 45cm 4/0 PC-5 - Box/12

MONOCRYL® Undyed 70cm 2-0 S/A SH - Box/36

MONOCRYL® Undyed 45cm 4-0 PS-2 - Box/12

MONOCRYL® PLUS ANTIBACTERIAL SUTURE

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Poliglecaprone 25, a copolymer of glycolide and epsilon-caprolactone with IRGACARE® MP (Triclosan)
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Dyed: Approximately 60-70% remains at 1 week. Approximately 30-40% remains at 2 weeks. Lost within 4 weeks. Undyed: Approximately 50-60% remains at 1 week. Approximately 20-30% remains at 2 weeks. Lost within 3 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Complete at 91-119 days. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissues under stress is required. Undyed is not indicated for use in fascia. Plus Antibacterial Sutures should not be used in patients with known allergic reactions to IRGACARE® MP (Triclosan)
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation. Not for use in cardiovascular or neurological tissues, microsurgery, or ophthalmic procedures.

Click here to view the Monocryl Plus Catalogue

Absorbable Sutures MONOCRYL PLUS Antibacterial Suture Products

MONOCRYL® Plus Violet 70CM 4-0 S/A SH - Box/36

Monocryl Plus Undyed 70CM 2-0 S/A - Box/12

MONOCRYL® Plus Antibacterial 3-0 PS-2 45cm Undyed - Box/12

PDS® Plus Antibacterial Violet 70cm UCL - Box/36

COATED VICRYL®

  • Type: Braided/Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Polyglactin 910, a copolymer of lactide and glycolide coated with Polyglactin 370 and calcium stearate.
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Approximately 75% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 50% remains at 3 weeks. Approximately 25% remains at 4 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Minimal until about the 40th day. Essentially completebetween 56-70 days. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable should not be used where extended approximation of tissue is required.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in ophthalmic procedures. Not for use in cardiovascular and neurological tissues.

Click here to view our full range of COATED VICRYL® Sutures

Click here to view the Coated Vicryl Suture Catalogue

Absorbable Sutures COATED VICRYL Products

Coated Vicryl® 0 70cm CT-1 Undyed - Box/36

Coated VICRYL 2-0 75cm PC-25 Undyed - Box/24

VICRYL Coated 70cm 2-0 FS-1 - Box/36

VICRYL Coated Undyed 45cm 3-0 PC-5 - Box/12

COATED VICRYL® PLUS ANTIBACTERIAL SUTURE

  • Type: Braided
  • Raw Material: Polyglactin 910 coated with Polyglactin 370, calcium stearate and IRGACARE® MP (Triclosan).
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Approximately 75% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 50% remains at 3 weeks. Approximately 25% remains at 4 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Minimal until about the 40th day. Essentially completebetween 56-70 days. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable should not be used where extended approximation of tissue is required.Plus Antibacterial Sutures should not be used in patients with known allergic reactions to IRGACARE® MP (Triclosan)
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in ophthalmic procedures. Not for use in cardiovascular and neurological tissues.

Click here to view the Vicryl Plus Catalogue

Absorbable Sutures COATED VICRYL® PLUS Antibacterial Suture Products

COATED VICRYL® Plus Violet 1 CTX 70cm - Box/36

PDS® Plus Antibacterial Violet 70cm UCL - Box/36

Coated Vicryl® 0 70cm CT-1 Undyed - Box/36

VICRYL Plus Violet 70cm 2-0 CT-1 - Box/36

PDS™ II

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Polydioxanone
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo:
    • 3/0 and larger: Approximately 80% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 70% remains at 4 weeks. Approximately 60% remains at 6 weeks.
    • 4/0 and smaller:Approximately 60% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 40% remains at 4 weeks. Approximately 35% remains at 6 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Minimal until about the 90th day. Essentially complete within 6 months. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissue under stress is required. Should not be used with prosthetic devices, such as heart valves or synthetic grafts. Safety and effectiveness in neural and cardiovascular tissue has not been established.
  • Frequent Uses: All types of soft tissue approximation, including paediatric cardiovascular and ophthalmic procedures. Not for use inadult cardiovascular tissue, microsurgery or neural tissue.

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Click here to view the PDS Suture Catalogue

 

Absorbable Sutures PDS™ II Products

PDS II 1 OS-6 Z535H

PDS II 3/0 FS-2 Z423H

PDS® II Undyed 70cm 3-0 FS-1 - Box/36

PDS II 5/0 RB-1 Z303H

PDS™ II PLUS ANTIBACTERIAL SUTURE

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Polydioxanone with IRGACARE® MP (Triclosan)
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo:
    • 3/0 and larger: Approximately 80% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 70%  remains at 4 weeks. Approximately 60% remains at 6 weeks.
    • 4/0 and smaller:Approximately 60% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 40% remains at 4 weeks. Approximately 35% remains at 6 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Minimal until about the 90th day. Essentially complete within 6 months. Absorbed by slow hydrolysis.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissue under stress is required. Should not be used with prosthetic devices, such as heart valves or synthetic grafts. Safety and effectiveness in neural and cardiovascular tissue has not been established.Plus Antibacterial Sutures should not be used in patients with known allergic reactions to IRGACARE® MP (Triclosan)
  • Frequent Uses: All types of soft tissue approximation, including paediatric cardiovascular and ophthalmic procedures. Not for use inadult cardiovascular tissue, microsurgery or neural tissue.

Click here to view the PDS Plus Catalogue

Absorbable Sutures PDS™ II PLUS Antibacterial Suture Products

PDS® Plus Antibacterial Violet 70cm UCL - Box/36

NON-ABSORBABLE SUTURES

 

SURGICAL SILK

  • Type: Braided
  • Raw Material: Organic protein called fibroin.
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Progressive degradation of fibre may result in gradual loss of tensile strength over time. Loses most strength within one year.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue. Usually cannot be found after 2 years.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Should not be used for placement of vascular prostheses and artificial heart valves. Should not be used in patients with known sensitivities or allergies to silk.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

Click here to see our full range of Surgical Silk Sutures

Click here to view the Silk Suture Catalogue

Non-Absorbable Sutures Surgical Silk Products

SILK 3/0 X-1 632G

SILK 6/0 C-2 711G

PERMAHAND® Silk Black 45cm 4-0 FS-2 - Box/12

PERMAHAND® Silk Black 45cm 6-0 G-6 - Box/12

SURGICAL STEEL

  • Type: Monofilament/Braided
  • Raw Material: 316L Stainless Steel.
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo:
  • Absorption Rate: Non-absorbable.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Should not be used when a prosthesis of another alloy is implanted. Should not be used in patients with known sensitivities or allergies to stainless steel, or constituent metals such as chromium and nickel.
  • Frequent Uses: Sternal closure and orthopaedic procedures including tendon repair.

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Non-Absorbable Surgical Steel Suture Products

Surgical Gut Suture Plain 6/0 45cm 2xG-1 - Box/12

Gut Chromic Undyed 27in 0 S/A MH

Gut Chromic Blue 18in 6-0 D/A S-14

Gut Plain Undyed 18in 4-0 S/A PS-2 PR

ETHILON®

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Nylon 6 or Nylon 6,6
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Progressive hydrolysis may result in gradual loss of tensile strength over time.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue. Loses strengthat a rate of 15-20% per year.
  • Tissue Reaction: Extremely low.
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Should not be used where permanent retention of tensile strength is required.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

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Non-Absorbable Sutures ETHILON® Products

ETHILON 2/0 FS-2 664G

ETHILON 6/0 P-3 1698G

ETHILON 5/0 P-3 698G

ETHILON 3/0 FS-2 653G

NUROLON®

  • Type: Braided
  • Raw Material: Nylon 6 or Nylon 6,6
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Progressive hydrolysis may result in gradual loss of tensile strength over time.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue. Loses strengthat a rate of 15-20% per year.
  • Tissue Reaction: Extremely low.
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Should not be used where permanent retention of tensile strength is required.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

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Non Absorbable Sutures NUROLON® Products

Monocryl 2-0 70cm CT-2 Violet - Box/36

Monocryl 3-0 70cm PS-2 Undyed - Box/36

Monocryl 4-0 45cm PC-1 Undyed - Box/12

Monocryl 4-0 45cm PC-3 Undyed - Box/12

MERSILENE

  • Type: Braided
  • Raw Material:
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: No significant change known to occur in vivo.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: None known.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

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Non-Absorbable Suture Products MERSILENE

Mersilene 3/0 SH 75cm - Box/36 

Mersilene White 45cm 3/0  FS-1 – Box/36

MERSILENE 1 CP R995G

MERSILENE® Polyester Fiber Strip 5mm CTX- BX/6 

ETHIBOND EXCEL®

  • Type: Braided
  • Raw Material: Polyester coated with Polybutilate.
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: No significant change known to occur in vivo.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: None known.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

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Click here to view the Ethibond Excel Catalogue

Non-Absorbable Suture Products ETHIBOND EXCEL®

ETHIBOND EXCEL® GREEN 75cm 3-0 D/A V-5 - Box/36

ETHIBOND EXCEL White 75CM 3-0 D/A V-5 - Box/36

ETHIBOND EXCEL® GREEN 45cm 4-0 S/A FS-2 - Box/12

ETHIBOND EXCEL® Green 75cm 2-0 D/A V-5 - Box/36

PRONOVA®

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material: Poly (vinylidene fluoride) and poly (vinylidene fluoride-cohexafluoropropylene).
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Not subject to degradation or weakening by action of tissue enzymes.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Device is indicated for use in soft tissue approximation where the use of non-absorbable sutures is appropriate.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

Click here to view our full range of  PRONOVA® products

Click here to view the Pronova Catalogue

Non-Absorbable Sutures PRONOVA® Products

PRONOVA 4/0 PS-2 PN496G

PRONOVA 5/0 PS-2 PN512G

PRONOVA 6/0 PS-3 PN498G

PRONOVA 6/0 P-3 PN462G

PROLENE®

  • Type: Monofilament
  • Raw Material:
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Not subject todegradation orweakening by action oftissue enzymes.
  • Absorption Rate: Gradual encapsulation by fibrous connective tissue.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: None known.
  • Frequent Uses: General soft tissue approximation and/or ligation, including use in cardiovascular, ophthalmic and neurological procedures.

Click here to view our full range of PROLENE® products

Click here to view the Prolene Catalogue

 

Non-Absorbable Sutures PROLENE® Products

PROLENE 3/0 FS-2 8665G

PROLENE 4/0 15mm W525

PROLENE 5/0 8686G 19mm PS-2

Prolene Blue 45cm 7-0 C-1 – Box/36

STRATAFIX™ KNOTLESS TISSUE CONTROL DEVICES:

SPIRAL MONOCRYL PLUS

  • Type: Closure Device
  • Raw Material: Poliglecaprone 25,a copolymer of glycolideand epsilon-caprolactone with IRGACARE® MP(Triclosan).
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: Approximately 62% remains at 1 week. Approximately 27% remains at 2 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Absorbs in 90-120 days.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: It is not to be used where extended approximation of tissues under stress is required and is not to be used in conjunction with or for fixation of prosthetic devices (e.g., heart valves or synthetic grafts) that are nonabsorbable in nature. This device, being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissue under stress is required, such as in fascia. The STRATAFIX™ Spiral MONOCRYL™ Plus Device should not be used in patients with known allergic reactions to IRGACARER* MP (triclosan).
  • Frequent Uses: Device is indicated for use in soft tissue approximation where the use of absorbable sutures is appropriate.

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Click here to view the Stratafix Catalogue 2019

STRATAFIX Spiral Monocryl Plus Product

STRATAFIX™ Spiral MONOCRYL® Plus 4-0 PS1 30cm - Box/12

STRATAFIX™ Spiral Monocryl Plus 3-0 PS-1 70CM - Box/12

STRATAFIX™ Spiral Monocryl Plus 3-0 PS-2 45CM - Box/12

Stratafix Spiral MONOCRYL Plus 4-0

SPIRAL PDS™ PLUS

  • Type: Closure Device
  • Raw Material: Polydioxanone withIRGACARE® MP (Triclosan)
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo:
    • 3/0 and larger: Approximately 80% remains at 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Approximately 40%-70% remains at 6 weeks.
    • 4/0 and smaller: Approximately 67% remains at 2 weeks. Approximately 50% remains at 4 weeks. Approximately 37% remains at 6 weeks.
  • Absorption Rate: Absorbs in 210 days.
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: It 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 or for fixation of prosthetic devices (e.g., heart valves or synthetic grafts) that are nonabsorbable in nature. This device, being absorbable, should not be used where extended approximation of tissue under stress is required, such as in fascia. The STRATAFIX™ Spiral PDS™ Plus Device should not be used in patients with known allergicreactions to IRGACARER* MP (triclosan).
  • Frequent Uses: Device is indicated for use in soft tissue approximation where the use of absorbable sutures is appropriate.

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STRATAFIX Spiral PDS Plus Products

SPIRAL POLYPROPYLENE

  • Type: Closure Device
  • Raw Material: Isotactic polypropylene polymer of high molecular weight. Can be dyed or undyed. Pigment of blue dyed suture material is Phthalocyaninato (2-)Copper.
  • Tensile Strength Retention in Vivo: Is not absorbed, nor is any significant change in tensile strength retention known to occur in vivo.
  • Absorption Rate: Non-absorbable.
  • Tissue Reaction: Minimal acuteinflammatory reaction.
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Is not indicated for surface closures through the epidermis, as the small opposing facing barbs make Stratafix Spiral Polypropylene removal unfeasible.
  • Frequent Uses: Device is indicated for use in soft tissue approximation, excluding closure of the epidermis.

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STRATAFIX™ Spiral Polypropylene Products

Prolene Polypropylene 10-0 5cm BV130-4 Blue - Box/12

Prolene Polypropylene 2-0 75cm KS Blue - Box/36

Prolene Polypropylene 4-0 45cm PC-5 Blue - Box/12

Prolene Polypropylene 5-0 45cm PC-3 Blue - Box/12

SYMMETRIC PDS™ PLUS

  • Type: Closure Device
  • Raw Material: Polydioxanone withIRGACARE® MP(Triclosan)
  • Tensite Strength Retention in Vivo: 75% remains at 2 weeks, 65% remains at 4 weeks, 55% remains at 6 weeks
  • Absorption Rate: Absorbs in 210 days
  • Tissue Reaction:
  • Contra-Indications and Warnings: Stratafix™ Symmetric PDS™ Plus, being absorbable, is not to be used where prolonged (beyond six weeks) approximation of tissue under stress is required and is not to be used in conjunction with prosthetic devices (ie. heart valves or synthetic grafts). Stratafix™ Symmetric PDS™ Plus should not be used in patients with known allergic reactions to IRGACARE® MP (triclosan).
  • Frequent Uses: Stratafix™ Symmetric PDS™ Plus Devices are indicated for general soft issue approximation where use of an absorbable suture is appropriate.

 

STRATAFIX™ SYMMETRIC PDS™ PLUS Products

STRATAFIX™ Symmetric PDS Plus Suture 3-0 Violet 45cm - Box/12

STRATAFIX™ Symmetric PDS Plus Suture PS-2 Violet 23cm - Box/12

STRATAFIX™ Symmetric PDS Plus Suture PS-2 Violet 45cm - Box/12

Frequently Asked Questions