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July 25, 1953


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Jackson Heights, N. Y.

JAMA. 1953;152(13):1231. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.63690130025007j

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The removal of skin sutures may be as much of an ordeal for the physician as for the patient. In this modern era of almost unbelievable surgical techniques and skills, one still hears a lay person remark that "the removal of my sutures was a more painful experience than the operation itself." We wish to describe a "suture lift" that will facilitate the removal of skin sutures. This "suture lift" consists of a separate piece of nonabsorbable surgical suture threated under all of the stitches after their insertion and fixed to some of them. Traction upward on one end of this thread permits easy visualization of all the skin sutures for incision and extraction.

The removal of ordinary over-and-over interrupted or continuous skin sutures presents no serious problem since each loop is usually exposed enough to be cut with the tips of scissors. Difficulty is encountered, however, in removing such

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