Catgut, formerly widely used for stringing tennis racquets, never contained real cat guts
. The material, also used for violin strings, hanging weights in grandfather clocks and suturing wounds, was made from sheep, goat, pig or donkey guts.
Did you know that one thousand years ago, Muslim surgeons in Spain were the first people to use cat gut
Even in those days of primitive rods roughly made from post-war tank aerials and cat gut
with very simple tackle one used to take a lot of fish for the table.
But racket technology has developed far beyond the Bjorn Borg era of laminated wood and cat gut
- the game is dominated by big hitters with hi-tech rackets rather than finesse players.
Even a horrific childhood accident I once had, involving a stick, cat gut
and my little finger wasn't a patch on this.
The hernial ring was freshened, omentum was placed over inner side of polypropylene mesh (Trulene (d)) and sutured with interrupted suture using Chromic cat gut
(Trugut (d)) (#2-0) at four corners.
There's a gruesome lumber pump, used to drain fluid from the spine, and the cat gut
used for stitching wounds.'