Disposable Paper Gown

Paper Gown ADVANTAGES:
Paper gowns are resistant to wetting so they are less permeable to bacteria. They are preferred for wet bloody surgery (equine abdominal surgery).
Donning a new gown for each surgery and disposing of it at the end ensures sterility.
DISADVANTAGES:
Paper is less ecologically sound because it is not reusable.

Linen (cloth) Gowns

Cloth Gown ADVANTAGES:
Linen gowns are both comfortable and reusable. Previously worn gowns can be autoclaved to regain sterility.
DISADVANTAGES:
Linen is a woven material so that when it becomes wet, bacteria can permeate through its interstices. Linen is not the gown material of choice for wet, bloody surgical procedures.

Plastic Gowns

Cloth Gown ADVANTAGES:
Plastic is superior in its resistance to wetting and bacterial penetration. Plastic can be used to reinforce paper gowns during wet surgery (plastic sleeves for abdominal surgery).
DISADVANTAGES:
Plastic is extremely uncomfortable to wear because of the inability to shed heat and perspiration.