You've probably heard amazing stories of surgeons performing successful, yet extremely delicate and risky procedures such as open-heart surgery, separation of conjoined twins, craniotomy, thoracic aortic dissection repair, oesophagectom, spinal osteomyelitis surgery, and many more. As a medical student, you wonder how a surgeon can do such an incredible job. Well, the answer lies in lots of training and practicing to perfect your skills.
Best Material To Practice Your Suturing Skills On
While you will learn the basics of suturing in the sim lab, you should do a lot of practicing on your own to be good at it. Here are a few tips on how you can practice suturing:
#1. Suturing on Fruit
Well, you can start learning to suture on fruits such as oranges, bananas, apples, or grapes. Take a scalpel and cut through the peel of the fruit. Suturing a fruit is a great way to learn how hard you should press the scalpel when making an incision and whenever you're penetrating the joint to drain fluid or see if pressure is building in confined spaces ( compartment syndrome).
Grape is an excellent starting point for learning how to structure skin is thinner, delicate areas of the body, like the face. Use a scalpel or pair of surgical scissors to make an incision in a grape, then gently insert a surgical thread and needle into one side of the cut and out on the other, and sew the incision back together.
Grape tears up easily and is perfect for practicing to take time and go slowly and making delicate cutting and stitching.
Practice removing splinters with a tomato: Doing minor surgery right reduced pain and risks of infection. To do this, break a toothpick in half and push it deep into a tomato, then take a pair of tweezers, grip the toothpick and remove it. Remove the splinter in the same direction you pushed it in to prevent tissue damage. Use gauze or cotton pad to dap the juice like you would blood from such a wound.
Orange or banana is excellent for making a square knot. Take both sides of a thread and loop them around each other, making a loop on top, and pulling one side of the thread through the opening. Repeat this process 3 times and carefully pull the thread to make a tight knot.
Those are just a few examples of using fruits to learn to suture; you can use the information you acquired in the sim to practice on your own as much as you can.
#2. Silicon Skin
#3. Meat with the Skin On
Practice without testing makes no room for improvement. Therefore, you request a qualified professional or surgeon to monitor your methods and correct you where necessary. That way, you'll be good at what you do and a lifesaver.