PGA Sutures | PetcrylPGA Sutures | PetcrylPolyglycolic Acid Suture


Petcryl is the brand name of PGA sutures manufactured by Dolphin Sutures. Petcryl is made from 100% Glycolide popularly known as PGA Sutures or polyglycolic acid sutures. Dolphin Sutures is the first Indian brand to launch Polyglycolic Acid Sutures in India in the year 1997.


PGA suture is an ideal and time tested synthetic absorbable suture, widely used by surgeons all over the world. PGA sutures' superior features over catgut are predictable absorption, outstanding tensile strength, in-vivo inertness and excellent handling properties.


PGA sutures exhibit superior tensile strength as compared to polyglactin sutures and is recommended to be used in orthopaedic and hysterectomy surgeries instead of polyglactin.


Petcryl sutures are available in undyed and violet colour.


catalog   Instructions for Use


  • Polyglycolic acid suture is a synthetic, braided and coated absorbable suture.
  • Polyglycolic acid sutures are available from U.S.P. size 2 to size 6-0.
  • Polyglycolic acid sutures are composed of polymers made from 100% homopolymer of glycolide.
  • Polyglycolic acid sutures are coated with equal parts of Polycaprolactone and Calcium stearate less than 5% w/w. 
  • Polyglycolic acid sutures absorb by simple hydrolytic mechanism and absorption is predictable.
  • Polyglycolic acid suture retains approximately 75% of the initial tensile strength after 2 weeks, 50% of tensile strength after 21 days and 25% after 28 days of implantation and essentially absorbs within 60 – 75 days.
  • Petcryl sutures are specially coated with Polycaprolactone and Calcium Stearate in order to create a smoother suture that will pass through tissue easily.
  • Petcryl sutures have excellent tensile strength which is better than Polyglactin sutures and catgut sutures.
  • Petcryl sutures have good knot security and it has easy knot placement.
  • Petcryl sutures are available with needles made from 300 series alloy steel for superior strength, sharpness and performance.
  • Petcryl sutures are tightly braided to enhance strength and improve the surface smoothness.

Brand Name: PETCRYL ®

Material: Coated & Braided Polyglycolic Acid
Synthetic absorbable surgical suture. U.S.P

Petcryl ® suture is a synthetic absorbable sterile surgical suture composed of homo polymer of glycolide (100%). Petcryl ® is dyed violet with CI solvent violet 13 (=CI #60725) and coated with unique combination of polycaprolactone and calcium stearate.
Entire detail of the product range is contained in the catalogue. Petcryl ® complies with the requirements of the United States Pharmacopoeia for synthetic absorbable surgical suture.

Suture should be selected and implanted depending on the patient’s condition, surgical experience, surgical technique and wound size.

Petcryl ® sutures are indicated for use in general, soft tissue including use in ophthalmic. But not for use in cardio vascular & neurological tissues. This suture being absorbable should not be used where extended approximation of tissue is required.

Petcryl ® elicits a minimal initial inflammatory reaction in tissues. Progressive loss of tensile strength occurs as the suture gets absorbed by means of hydrolysis, where the polymer degrades to glycolic acid which is subsequently absorbed and metabolized in the body.
Absorption begins with loss of tensile strength followed by loss of mass. All of the original tensile strength is lost between four and five weeks post implantation. Absorption of Petcryl ® suture is essentially completed between 60 – 90 days.

Do not re sterilize. Discard open unused sutures. As with any foreign body, prolonged contact of any suture with salt solutions, such as those found in the urinary or biliary tracts may result in calculus formation. As an absorbable suture it may act transiently as a foreign body. 
User should be familiar with surgical procedure and techniques involving synthetic absorbable sutures before employing Petcryl® for wound closure as a risk of wound dehiscence may vary with the site of application and the suture material used.
Acceptable surgical practice should be followed for the management of infected or contaminated or infected wounds.
The use of this suture may be inappropriate in patients suffering from conditions which may delay wound healing.

As this is an absorbable suture material, the surgeon in the closure of sites undergoing expansion, stretching or distension, which may require additional support, should consider the use of supplemental non – absorbable sutures.
Under some circumstances, notably orthopedic procedure, immobilization by external support may be employed at the discretion of the surgeon Petcryl® sutures require the standard surgical technique of flat and square ties with additional throws if indicated by surgical circumstances and the experiences of the surgeon.  
Care should be taken to avoid damage while handling surgical needles. Grasp the needle in an area of one third (1/3) to one half (1/2) of the distance from the attachment end to the point area could impair the penetration performance and cause fracture of the needle. Grasping at the butt or attachment end could cause bending or breakage. Reshaping the needles may cause them to loose strength and make less resistant to bending and breaking.
Users should exercise caution when handling surgical needles to avoid inadvertent needle stick injury. Discard the needles after use in container labeled as “SHARP”

Adverse reactions:
Adverse reactions associated with the use of this device include allergic response in certain patients, transient local irritation at the wound site, transient inflammatory foreign body response, and erythema and indurations during the absorption process of sub cuticular sutures.   

Petcryl® sutures are sterilized by ethylene oxide. Do not re – sterilize! Do not use if package is opened or damaged! Discard opened unused sutures.

Recommended storage condition below 25 ºC, away from moisture and direct heat. Do not use after expiry date.

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  • PGA sutures are individually packed in a primary medical grade paper folder
  • Individually packed sutures are then packed in a tear-open or peel-open aluminum foil, with less than 300ppm moisture
  • Aluminum foils are further packed in a secondary medical grade paper pouch laminated with polyester laminated poly film
  • Sutures are further packed in small cartons made from premium 320 GSM Cyber XLPac in 12 suture pack
  • Boxes are further laminated in tamper proof film to protect it from dirt/dust
  • Further, the sutures are packed in an export worthy 7 ply master carton which can accommodate 100 boxes ( 70 x 30 x 30 cms) - weighing up to 9 to 10kg and 200 boxes ( 70 x 29 x 59 cms) - weighing up to 18kg