CLAIRE PAXTON & JACQUI FARROW / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAIRE PAXTON & JACQUI FARROW / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Surgeon with suture. View of a female surgeon holding a needle with a suture in a pair of forceps. Sutures (or stitches) are used to close surgical cuts. Several sterile materials can be used as a suture, some of which are absorbed by the body and so do not have to be removed once the wound has healed. She is wearing a surgical cap, gown, gloves and face mask in order to maintain sterile conditions.
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