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From the Archives of the Archives
January 1, 2008

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(1):121. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.1.121

My colleagues and I use 000000 mild chromic surgical gut in all cases of cataract surgery, both for the corneoscleral wound and the conjunctival flap. With loss of vitreous, it is necessary when using absorbable surgical sutures to make a surgeon's knot, since the suture becomes so slippery when covered with vitreous that the ordinary square knot will not hold.

Reference: Fralick FB. 000000 Chromic absorbable surgical suture U. S. P. (surgical gut) in wound closure after cataract extraction. Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47:113