Table 4: Results of the in vitro degradation of the knot pull tensile strength of USP 3–0 MonoMax and PDS II sutures in phosphate buffer at pH 7.4.

MonoMax USP 3–0PDS II USP 3–0
Weeks [N]s.d. [N] [N]BSR [%] [N]s.d. [N] [N]BSR [%]

036,23,8129,442,110023,32,3320,527,2100
138,13,5532,142,710520,10,9518,521,786
238,42,8633,343,110616,50,9215,418,271
336,24,1328,241,310015,90,6415,217,268
442,24,6132,648,011618,70,9017,220,180
639,52,8433,744,110914,81,1013,616,563
840,06,3725,451,211011,90,8510,713,351
1239,73,4932,441,61041,70,381,12,27
169,25,553,216,725n.d.n.d.n.d.n.d.n.d.
2010,72,578,316,229n.d.n.d.n.d.n.d.n.d.