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Whip stitch

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by benz240, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. benz240

    benz240 Junior Member
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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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  3. dr.evil

    dr.evil Senior Member
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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.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. sponch

    sponch Senior Member
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    it's a nice one to use cuz it's fast and you can do it basically one handed
     

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