Ford interlocking or Continuous Lock or Lock suture PatternFord interlocking or Continuous Lock or Lock suture Pattern is the modification of the simple continuous suture. The emerging, over the injury lap, revisits the previous adjacent to the injury lap before proceeding to the next point for another across the injury lap.
Properties of Ford interlocking or Continuous Lock or Lock suture Pattern:
- it has the similer effect on the blood supply as simple continuous suture pattern
- the bite on each side of the incision is generally equivalent to the thickness of the tissue (ie 3-6 mm)
- sutures are separated around twice this distance apart (ie 6-10 mm)
- these rules are balanced relying upon the tendency of the tissue to open (take more extensive bites if edges tend to open)
- suture strain is balanced with each bite as it hard to readjust when wrapped up
- are a few approaches to end the pattern