- Highly absorbent
- Absorbable Gelatin
- Completely absorbed within four to six weeks
These small, sterile, surgical Sponges are prepared from specially treated, purified gelatin solution. Each Sponge is a hemostatic device that is capable of absorbing and holding within its meshes many times its weight in whole blood. These Sponges can be implanted during surgery and will be completely absorbed within four to six weeks. These Gelatin Sponges measure 20 x 20 mm (3/4 x 3/4 in) and are 7 mm(1/4 in) thick. They are supplied sterile in a jar of 12 Sponges. They may be cut into smaller sizes.
Gelatin Sponges should not be used in the closure of skin incisions because they may interfere with the healing of skin edges. These Sponges will expand so special care must be taken when placing in a cavity or in closed tissue spaces.