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Year : 1974  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-156

Evaluation Of Horse Hair As A Tendon Suturing Material An Experimental Study


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H. N Sinha


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Attempts have been made to repair severed tendons right from the tenth century to the modern surgical era. In surgical suturings, the ancient Greeks are known to have used not only silk, hemp and catgut but also gold wire. It was Avicenna who strongly advocated tendon suture during the tenth century and since then surgeons all over the world have performed tendon sutures using thread, catgut, silk, nylon, and metallic sutures namely, vitallium, tantalum and stainless steel wires. More recently, animal experiments have been carried out using Polyester suture (Urbanik et al 1973). Horse hair was used by the ancient Hindu Surgeons in ano-rectal surgery especially for applying ‘Knots’ around piles, in Ophthalmic surgery for raising a Pterygium, besides being used for skin closure. Susruta (600 B.C.), the greatest surgeon of ancient India recommended the use of horsehair for treatment of wounds in the skull which was also approved by Vagbhata. May (1949) and Farquharson (1962) also mention horsehair for skin closure.


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