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QUILLTM – Versatile Knotless Tissue-Closure Device

  • Helically aligned barbs
  • Eliminates knot tying, reducing OR time [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9]
  • Bidirectional design enables two individuals to close at same time [5], [6]
  • Potentially less time under anaesthesia [2], [4]
  • Controlled tension and approximation during closure [2], [10] 
  • The original barbed suture launched in 2007
  • Used in more than 25 million surgical cases
  • Studied in more than 80 clinical papers
  • Complete range of absorbable and non-absorbable materials and configurations including MonodermTM, PDO and Polypropylene
  • More than 200 SKUs available in sizes 5-0 to 2 [11]


QUILLTM Knotless Tissue-Closure Device

Bidirectional Design

QUILLTM Variable Loop Device

Unidirectional Design

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Brochure QUILL™ Knotless Tissue-Closure Device

[1] Mansour A, Ballard R, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson M. The Use of Barbed Sutures During Scoliosis Fusion Wound Closure: A Quality Improvement Analysis. Journal of Pediatric. Orthopedics. Volume 33, Number 8, Dec 2013.
[2] Ting N, Moric M, Della Valle C, Levine B. Use of Knotless Suture for Closure of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasties; A Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial. J. of Arthroplasty vol 27, no. 10. 2012.
[3] Gililland J, Anderson L, Pelt C, Peters C. Barbed Versus Standard Sutures for Closure in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Multicenter Prospective Randomized Trial. Journal of Arthroplasty 29 suppl. 2 June, 2014;135-8.
[4] Eickmann T, Quane E. Total Knee Arthroplasty Closure with Barbed Suture. J. of Knee Surgery. 2010;23:163-8.
[5] Stephens S, Politi J, Taylor B. Evaluation of Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Incision Closure with the Use of Continuous Bidirectional Barbed Suture. Surgical Technology, International XXI, Orthopaedic Surgery. 2011;#338,1-5.
[6] Smith E, Shukla P, Matzkin E. (Tufts Med Center; Brigham & Womens hospital). Barbed Versus Traditional Sutures: Closure Time, Cost, and Wound Related Outcomes in Total Joint Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty, Spring, 2014.
[7] Gililland J, Anderson L, Sun LG, Erickson J, Peters C. Perioperative Closure-related Complication Rates and Cost Analysis of Barbed Suture for Closure in TKA. CORR. Sept. 28, 2011.
[8] Nett M, Cushner F, Avelar R. Water-Tight Knee Arthrotomy Closure: Comparison of a Novel Single Bidirectional Barbed Self-Retaining Running Suture vs. Conventional Interrupted Sutures. Journal of Knee Surgery. 2011;24:55-60.
[9] Rosen AD. Use of Absorbable Running Barbed Suture and Progressive Tension Technique in Abdominoplasty: a Novel Approach. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. March 2010;125(3):1024-7.
[10] Vakil JJ, O’Reilly MP, Sutter EG, Mears SC, Belkoff SM, Khanuja HS. Knee arthrotomy repair with a continuous barbed suture: a biomechanical study. J Arthroplasty. 2011;26(5):710-3.
[11] QUILL™ device Instructions for Use.

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Carretera de Terrassa, 121
08191 Rubí (Barcelona)