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Perform surgery at home. This I'ble will show you how to stitch up a wound. It will provide guidelines to follow, as to assist you in performing your own surgery at home.

This I'ble does not substitute for a qualified opinion, yet provides general purpose information to assist those not fortunate enough to afford general practitioner or hospital assistance.

So, are you injured? Do you have a cut that just won't heal? Don't have time to go the hospital?

Read on, as I will solve all your injury needs.
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Step 1: What you will need

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What you will need is as follows.

~ Sewing needle, the smaller the better.

~ Cotton appprox 30cm.

~ Dis-infectant.

~ Bandage.

~ Probes/cleaning tools.

Once you have these lets begin...

Step 2: Assessing the wound

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Firstly we need to assess whether or not we are able to complete the task at hand.
By "complete" I mean as to finish in manner that is acceptable and to serve the purpose at hand.
That is to close a wound to aid in the healing process.

Nothing more nothing less.

Think bush survival or as a last means approach.

Alright so there are a few areas we need to assess.

1. Blood flow- If you are encountering excessive blood flow, which restricts your view of the site abort this technique apply a compression bandage and seek medical advice immediately.
If "Blood flow" is not excessive and the site may be viewed successfully then continue.

2. Dimensions- This becomes a major factor in regards to closing a wound. If the wound is of an excessive size or an exorbitant amount of tissue has been removed, you must seek medical advise immediately.

3. Foreign Materials- Sewing your sub-dermal skin layer shut while foreign materials are inside is a big NO NO. If you close a piece of foreign material in the sub-dermal layer of skin (Under your layers of skin) you will be visiting hospital in the near future whether you like it or not. The human body is able to expel foreign material via abscesses and pustules in the uppermost layers of your skin eg. Zits. If you enclose foreign material under your skin then you run the risk of having it become septic almost immediately. This can leed to gang-grenge and possible amputation of affected area. Heed my warning, you do not want to travel down this path. Clean and dis-infect the wound completely before continuing.

As you may view in the second photo, I removed a small particle of foreign material prior to stitching.

So your bleeding?

Lets go!!

Step 3: Sterilize your utensils

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The most important step after sterilizing the site is to sterile the utensils.

They must but completely sterile prior to use or you are defeating the purpose of cleansing, stitching and bandaging he wound.

I would advise using a chemist bought sterilizing solution or a mix of hydrogen peroxide..

Step 4: Cleaning

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We will begin by soaking the effected area completely in a dis-infectant solution. Once the effected area is completely submerged in solution, some agitation maybe needed to exfoliate materials from the wound.

Make sure as to remove as much foreign material as possible.

If you are not able to remove the foreign material I suggest you stop here, wrap the wound in a sterile bandage and seek medical advise.

Once the effected area is cleansed free from foreign material, dry the area and move onto the next step.

Step 5: Sewing the wound

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Now we engage in the stitching of the wound.

Start with the closet edge of the wound to you face and sew away from yourself.

You will notice that the immediate edge of the wound would have become numb and will be able to be pierced with little to no discomfort.

Make sure you keep as close to the edge as possible without it hemoraging and releasing the stitch.

We will start to the left of the wound with a initial holding stitch.

Insert the needle downwards through to the sub-dermal layer of the skin. At this point you will need to level off the needle and venture through the wound and to the adjacent wall of the wound.
Once across the other side of the wound return the needle to the skins surface through the sub-dermal layers of skin.

We need the needle to go deep enough as to not release the skin through a tear.

Once we have reached the right hand side of the wound we need to make a diagonal path across the wound again to the next point. The simple diagram will illustrate.

Step 6: Finishing off

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Once you have zig zagged your way to the top of your wound make sure to tie off with a decent knot.

There you have it, one neatly repaired wound.

This method may take a lil' practice yet comes in very handy when needed.

It may also take you a while, to come to terms with being able to "Stitch Yourself Shut".
You need to remember, it is only skin and they are just going to sew it shut at the hospital anyway.

I hope you have found this informative or interesting atleast.

WoW!! I can type much better, now that my finger is sewn shut.
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lil jon1686 years ago
that didnt need stitches just some super glue and a bandaid
super glue?!?! 0.o y super glue?
super glue is used on certain cuts all the time in a doctor's office. but at home, super glue is great for papercuts.
or for a nail that is ripped really deep. works good to seal it till nail grows long enough to cut off
I do believe that super glue was developed for soldiers in WWII as a replacement for stitches.
not quite. It was made for gun sights, but found to be too sticky
Cyanoacrylate (superglue/crazyglue etc) has been found to be better than stitches in terms of incidence of infection, time consumption, and cosmetic result.

Source: http://www.jpgmonline.com/article.asp?issn=0022-3859;year=1986;volume=32;issue=2;spage=97;epage=100;aulast=Dalvi
Be sure to let the glue dry first or the bandaid will be embedded in the wound.
MariaS123 months ago
I can't go to the hospital for this... And yes I did it to myself.... But should I sew it myself? Or?
JR737 MariaS123 months ago
You really should avoid this procedure if at all possible. If those cuts are on part of your body that doesn't move too much or stretch the skin, then try steri strips. You really should get it checked out professionally. You can go to the hospital for this. Don't worry.
StoddardZR5 months ago

Super glue is more specifically known as cyanoacrylate (that's the technical word for the stuff), which you can use on skin, and doctors have for years. Yes, it is mildly toxic, but not enough to worry about damage to you unless you have allergies or other known reactions to the product.

Believe it or not, there are sites that walk through on how to fix a cracked tooth using cynoacrylate. They recommend brands with lower toxicity, of course.

Point is, it's common and stitches are for more brutal stuff.

jenalise6 months ago
You know, after the wound is cleaned and ready to stitch, you could sprinkle sugar into it. The sugar helps to regenerate tissue, then maybe use super glu instead of stitches, you wouldn't want the tissue growing into the stitches. Just an option. I had a staph infection that I needed cored. The hole in my leg was deep. After the couple of packing rounds Doc told me to fill the hole with sugar and top with neosporin and a bandage. Wow! Hole was filled and gone in a day!
SteveH87 months ago

4 to 5 fosters oil cans should do it. (;

shoshahoney9 months ago
please what type of anestisia we use ???

tequila or vodka will do just fine


Thanks much! (:

swimmingcarp11 months ago

After reading the comments about the super glue, I was impressed. I'd never thought about the glue, but I've had a c-section and there were internal stitches, but my top layer of skin was actually glued. I had completely forgotten.

a-d-dge1 year ago

nice! by the way what is the kind of thread is better for that?

cmiller602 years ago
Super glue will work best if you take a thread or fishing line or hair for that matter and drag it through the super glue and place it across the wound. No need to squirt that crap directly at or in the wound, thats just a day, besides cutting yourself.
I did some googeling after reading your comment. Here's a glue product made for suturing.
Misac-kun2 years ago
I was thinking about this when you come up with this ible'.
zedonksmom2 years ago
I ran into site after breaking up a donkey versus dogs fight. I was seeing blood and thinking I might need to sew him up myself rather than load him up for a ride to the vet. I read the instructions and thought to myself, self, you been on both ends of a needle enough times to do this. I went out to examine the wound a little more carefully and considering the poor guy came within a hair of being gelded, I decided this particular incident is beyond my pay grade.

Ironically, as I sit here, however, I have just walked out a hospital with a my thoat slit from ear to ear to faciliatate the removal of a monstrous thyroid gland. No stitiches to take out; all superglued, I guess.

Just wish I could get my hands on some Novocaine to inject before I take needle to any future animal husbandry needs. The dogs I can probably hold still; not sure about the equines, though. And strategically placed hooves can really hurt.
How to I attach the thread to the needle?? Do I double it and tie the ends like normal?
recon5065 years ago
Is this BMX injury to be considered a good reason for stitches?
i've had worse
yes that is serious sew it up
how about a doctor?
did that cut really need stitches? I have had cut that at least from the photos you have taken are much worse and deeper and I just clean them off, put a butterfly bandage on them and don't move the part of my hand they are on for a week.
zchristian3 years ago
You should not use disinfectant, it is harmful to living tissue. Instead us antiseptic it only kills pathogens.
jhoenig4 years ago
if in an area with no burnable alcohols, is it possible to boil or burn the object with some source of fire to sterilize it?
tinker2344 years ago
santary counditins requried a clean blade and also strong fibers like spider webs
jake20344 years ago
Might I suggest "curving" the needle (or buying a curved one, for the sake of ease?), and having the thread be wet, to cut down on friction, and make this process easier, and faster.

The curved needle makes the zig-zagging almost nonexistent, since when the needle is all the way through it's near the other side. This causes less pushing/pulling and also allows you to get deeper into the skin much easier.
Doctor What6 years ago
I too have sliced a finger. It didn't hurt for some reason, but about a minute after, I felt sick. Like, I bent over in preparation for the heave. After a few minutes, I finally felt pain, but it wasn't as much as I had expected. I didn't sew it up (didn't think I needed to), but the wound didn't heal for like a week. Made it impossible to write.
Yeah, I get that too. Wonder why one gets nauseous.
It`s from the bloodloss makes you blood pressure drop and puts you in shock
Lftndbt (author)  Doctor What6 years ago
Isn't adrenaline wonderful? I once cut my finger tip off. Didn't feel a thing till I got myself to hospital. As soon as I relaxed and thought, "I'm here" man it hurt!! Until they gave me a nerve block. Arn't nerve blocks wonderful!! Yes, I needed to respond to some comments so I stitched it shut. I'm so dedicated. LoL
Ahh nerve Blocks and Morphine..

So you didn't cut it just for the ible. Maybe for version 2, you can cut your leg open!
Lftndbt (author)  Doctor What6 years ago
No, no that does not sound like fun at all. LoL
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