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How do you throw one? When do you use it? What are the advantages and disadvantages? I can find nothing about the whip stitch, though I hear it mentioned every once in a while (in the context of cardiac repair, bleeding scalp lacs, etc.)


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A "whip stitch" is simply a quick running suture, locked or not. Nothing magic about it. A throw on one side, a throw on the other, tie a knot, and off you go.


Often used to close lacs, scalp wounds, midline incisions in expired patients, etc. Also known as a "baseball stitch."

Oh, I think they occasionally use it to close the uterus after C-sections as well.
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