When finishing a continuous suture, often a thread segment is too short to be tied. In this situation, the knots are made with the aid of needle holders or hemostatic forceps, but the result may be unsatisfactory1,2,3. Another option is to fix it with another thread, which is tied with the short thread, increasing the cost of the operation.
The use of an auxiliary thread to facilitate the making the end knot of a continuous short-threaded suture has been used by the author for over 40 years with good results. It is likely that other surgeons have also discovered this tactic and use it, but the author has not found published information and has only disclosed it personally during the operative acts.
Sutures, Suture techniques, Suture anchors,
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