Stitch Yourself Shut- Surgery at Home.

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Introduction: Stitch Yourself Shut- Surgery at Home.

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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.

Step 1: What You Will Need

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

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

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

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

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

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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    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?

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    Threads have to sterile too. But if its a wound that can be easily closed by simple suture, its not urgent or threatening. simply disinfect, wrap, stabilise and go to the nearest health station will do!!

    Hi-- can u please help? Saw you just posted this 6 months ago & am HOPING you can Help! I just stitched up an arm gash (one of 7). I'm scared I went too deep while stitching! Any idea how to reach the "poster?" Or maybe You know? CANNOT go to ER! TY in Advance-- BTW-- saw the "meat" (ICK!) inside the gash I sewed up but how to know if I want to deeply with the needle/thread?

    The needle should go through all three layers of skin and sit just above the fat layer. Stitching 'too deep' is only an issue if you jam the needle in somewhere you shouldn't, in which case you'll know about it. The only real problem with stitching through the fat layer and into muscle is that the stitches may be less effective at pulling the skin together. This is one of the reason professional suture needles are curved; you want to 'hook' the dermal layer on one side and then on the other then pull it together with your suture (thread), fishing line and dental floss are two good DIY alternatives to medical suture.

    If you can't see the fat layer on a cut (unless it's to a hand or somewhere where there is extremely little body fat) you're most likely best off using glue.

    You should have used glue. Much less invasive for a small cut like that.

    I have a rat with a tumor sticking out of her skin. If I could put her under long enough to cut it out I would try taking care of it my self and stich it up. I just can't spend lots of vet money on a pet that may only have 8 more mounths to live any way.

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    A rat can't give consent so you run the risk of being prosecuted for animal cruelty and as well wishing as you may be, if it makes it to the papers the public will not see you in a good light.
    However ketamine would be the best anaesthetic agent. About 50mg intramuscular (injected into the thigh using a high gauge needle (27g or higher considering the size of an average rat) should keep a rat out for about twenty minutes.
    As for stitches, they're likely going to be more trouble than they're worth, try and keep the cut as straight as possible and glue it (use cyanoacrylate glue AKA super glue, do not let cyanoacrylate come into contact with cotton).

    I had a finger wound on my left index finger from a box cutter. The ER put super glue on it and that fell off within a day. I got stitches but they tore out. A week later I am still dealing with it bleeding whenever it gets washed. I finally today took a needle, a lighter, and some polyester thread (polyester is derived from recycled plastics), and lit the needle and sewed it up. I had washed it before so it was safe. I got to stabbing the part of my skin which starts to bleed. I sewed it up in one peice of thread. I read elsewhere on the internet that" any thread would do". These words written by a doctor who published an article. I am happy with the looks of my finger. I had to rinse it and wash it because the thread got blood on it from doing the stitches. I did a saline soak as well and covered it with a bandaid. It is flushing itsself out by producing a clearish liquid which is good because it is the bodies way of flushing out inpurities.

    You forgot to tell us what kind of string your using...was it sewing string, fishing line, dental floss!?

    i've done something similar, but with staples instead of thread.
    i was working with my buddies building a shed, and one of my friends cut himself real bad on accident with a box cutter.
    we had to control the bleeding somehow, long enough to get him to the ER... so we used a staple gun to staple his cut closed, and it worked long enough to drive him to the hospital.
    the ER doctor was both horrified and amused.

    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.

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    the local injection can easily kill if injected wrongly intravenously or in wrong doses; your thyroid had absorpable stitches inside, glue is for specific, superficial wounds. Please don't attempt such a procedure, it will cause the animal undue harm

    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!

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    The core and infection is precisely what such suturing would introduce actually :(
    sugar is not a common practice, but its definitely a double edged sword - all cells, your and the staph bac alike love sugar. At home without proper wound debridement and disinfection this will just escalate any infection. A simple wound can turn into one that needs to br cored then or worse, please don't attempt that!

    I'm just saying that sewing your self up can lead to some pretty bad scaring... In living proof??

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    Probably in your cases the stitch didn't actually take hold enough, the wound healed just as it would normally without stitching, which is unlucky, but you missed all the serious complications too :P It's actually a very lucky occurance, but really don't risk you limb over that again lolll if possible

    Please don't suture yourself up like that, it's putting a lot of readers at serious risk of sepsis and appendage loss really... the ugly scar is the least of your worries really. The importance of wound management goes like this: disinfection and cleaning > function and tissue saving > wound closure and cosmesis.
    This method actually introduces more trauma and infection to a simple clean wound. You can't disinfect threads etc at home right? The suturing is not correct, but the main problem is not about cosmesis, it's that wrong suturing (wrong tension, depth, interval) easily damages bloodflow, greatly increasing ischemia and gangrene risks.
    Some comments mentioned local anasthesia injection too, which is also dangerous intravenous injection (as opposed to the intended intramuscular) can easily kill by overdose, appendages like fingers have other risks too.
    Superglue is not gaurenteed to be medical grade, some patients come with glue all mashed in and it's very hard for us to help them.
    PLEASE IF YOU R INJURED PLEASE, JUST CLEAN WOUND UNDER LOADS OF RUNNING CLEAN WATER, THEN APPLY DISINFECTANT. WRAP AND PRESS ON WOUND, INCLUDING ANY FOREIGN OBJECT INSIDE, AND GO TO THE EMERGENCY DEPT. SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS ARE WELCOME, NO JUDGEMENT NO STRINGS ATTACHED. WITH PRIVACY AND AUTONOMY.
    That will be a very good job already :) So please. It's not worth going into organ failure and spending days on foley catheters, or loosing a finger over this. The ED doctors will be glad to help you, we don't care how you got that wound or it being self inflicted or what not, we just want to help ok?? But we need something to work with, and stitching over stitched skin sucks ==
    ....and the complication rate for normal suture wounds are less than 5% (1% in reality in most places), so complications are not that rare, you don't wanna increase the odds even more lol.

    I can't go to the hospital for this... And yes I did it to myself.... But should I sew it myself? Or?

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