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Running Subcuticular Suture: 4

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The short end is cut and the long end is used as a lift stitch to pass the needle beneath the knot and out the apex of the corner, inverting (burying) the knot.     

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Running Subcuticular Suture: 5

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The technique of burying the knot is shown.       

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Running Subcuticular Suture: 6

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Another way to start a subcuticular, usually with a non-absorbable monofilament, is to pass the suture in from the skin to the corner of the incision. The suture is finished in mirror image at the opposite end and the ends are taped down with paper strips. The whole suture is pulled out of the incision at the appropriate time, leaving no foreign body in the wound and thus minimizing scarring.      

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