Sterile sutures were another of the earliest products of Johnson & Johnson. These are some examples of early sterile sutures made by the Company, and include catgut, which was an absorbable suture, and silk sutures.
Johnson & Johnson worked diligently to improve sterilization methods and make a variety of sterile sutures available. Many physicians at the time used ordinary sewing thread to close wounds, so the Company’s sterile sutures were a welcome innovation for doctors and patients. An interesting sidelight of the Company’s suture business is dental floss, which was originally made from leftover suture silk.