Advanced Technologies and Polymer Materials for Surgical Sutures

Advanced Technologies and Polymer Materials for Surgical Sutures

1st Edition - September 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Sabu Thomas, Phil Coates, Ben Whiteside, Blessy Joseph, Karthik Nair
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128197509

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Polymeric materials offer a high level of versatility due to the range of applications possible within the biomedical and clinical fields – including wound closure - particularly in comparison to metals or ceramics. These specialised materials also allow for a diverse array of therapeutic effects. Although there have been advances in improving polymeric materials for surgical sutures, there is little information available regarding improving the therapeutic value of sutures, and advanced technologies used to implement this improvement. Advanced Technologies and Polymer Materials for Surgical Sutures provides thorough coverage on suture materials with improved mechanical and therapeutic properties that can improve quality of life; chapter topics include drug-releasing kinetics of sutures, shape memory polymer sutures and future trends.This book is a useful resource for academics and researchers in the materials science and biomedical engineering fields, as well as professionals in biomaterials and biotextiles development and clinicians looking to learn more about suture material properties and suture/body interactions.

Key Features

  • Depicts recent advances in both the therapeutic effects of polymer-based sutures, as well as the various manufacturing techniques employed in the production of sutures
  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach, covering material properties and engineering technologies, as well as an understanding of the biological properties of sutures, such as suture/body interactions
  • Comprehensive coverage allows both experienced researchers in the area and new entrants (such as clinicians) to learn more about this important topic


Materials scientists and biomedical engineers in academia and R&D groups developing medical devices and biotextiles

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Biopolymers For Surgical Suture Applications
    2. Functionalization of sutures
    3. Improving the therapeutic value of sutures
    4. Evaluating the mechanical properties of sutures
    5. Polymers for surgical sutures
    6. Smart sutures: Prospects for the future
    7. Bioactive sutures: Advances in surgical suture functionalization
    8. Engineering aspects of suture fabrication
    9. Revisiting the Properties of Suture Materials: An Overview
    10. Suture materials, emerging trends
    11. Cytotoxicity and Biocompatibility of sutures
    12. Shape memory polymers as sutures
    13. Drug release kinetics of sutures

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: September 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128197509

About the Editors

Sabu Thomas

Prof. Sabu Thomas is a renowned professor who is serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. He is also a full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences, a role which he has held since 1998. He was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University 2017-2018, Director of School of Chemical Science during 2010-2013, Hon. Director of International & Inter-University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2009-2015 and 2016-17. In 2015, Prof. Thomas received his first Docteur Honoris Causa from University of Souther Brittany in Lorient, France. In 2016, he received his second Doctorate honoris causa from University of Lorraine, France. He was awarded the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, FRSC in 2012. He received the Bronze Medal of the Chemical Research Society of India and the MRSI Medal of the Material Research Society of India in 2013. He was the recipient of Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Award 2017. He also received TRiLA Academician of the year 2018 award. Prof. Thomas has published more than 1000 publications, and more than 100 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Phil Coates

Professor of Polymer Engineering, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Polymer Science and Technology, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Polymer Engineering, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Polymer Science and Technology, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Ben Whiteside

Ben currently leads the RKT Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology based at the University of Bradford which provides a key resource for industry working to bring micro and nano scale components to market, alongside internationally recognised pioneering academic research in the field.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Bradford, UK

Blessy Joseph

Dr. Blessy Joseph is a Research Fellow at the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Her research has focused on green synthesis of nanoparticles for biomedical applications and the development of polymer scaffolds for biomedical applications. Dr. Joseph has contributed to several book chapters in related areas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Karthik Nair

Dr Nair graduated from Bharathi Vidyapeeth College of Pharmacy (India) with a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy and he gained a PGDip in pharmacology from Nottingham Trent University. He also has an MSc in drug delivery from Aston University, Birmingham. In 2014 he completed his PhD in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Polymer IRC, University of Bradford and since then he is working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on Healthcare Impact Partnership project on Smart Manufacturing of Medical Devices for soft tissue fixation (e.g. rotator cuff and anterior cruciate ligament repairs; fixations for fracture (including intramedullary nails) and knee joint replacements). The aim of this collaborative project is to exploit unique capabilities in shape memory polymers and biomaterials for enhanced biomedical cementless fixations using controlled shape reversion, in clinically relevant timescales, and open up opportunities for new solutions in orthopaedic repairs, which will have a defined route to regulatory certification and a clear patent pathway.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

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