Taper Point Needles


Cascade HealthCare Products carries VICRYL Plus Antibacterial Suture with Taper Point Needles by Ethicon. Taper Point Needles are ideal for most perineal repair. It's smooth, rounded body and sharp point spreads tissue without slicing it. This combination minimizes trauma to delicate mucosa and minimizes the chance of severing an already existing suture (Healing Passages, 2010).

The strength of the suture is predicated on the identification number at the beginning of each suture.


  • 1-0 and 2-0: Used for high stress areas requiring strong retention
  • 3-0: Used in areas requiring good retention
  • 4-0: Used in areas requiring minimal retention. Most commonly used for superficial wound closure.

*Please note: pictures do not reflect the actual needle size.
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