Fetal Pig

Over the course of the week I was doing research on the three different layered sutures that I will need to know in order to successfully suture the fetal pig. I didn’t have any luck in my research because I couldn’t find out if the three different layers required different sutures or if they were all the same. So I guess it’s good that the pig is already dead because then I won’t accidentally kill it!


Ted Talk

For my most recent update on my genius hour project; I am choosing to tell you my plan for my final Ted Talk presentation. For our presentations we are supposed to have some sort of way to show all of the progress that we have made throughout this experience. Next week I will be stitching up a fetal pig as my final major activity. So for my presentation I am going to show a picture of the very first banana that I ever performed sutures on and then some pictures of the fetal pig and the three layers of skin that I would have had to stitch together. I am very confident that this will exceed the expectations of showing my progress. Also I will have a PowerPoint to go along with this that will help me explain all of the sutures and techniques that I used to help me.  Earlier in the week I performed a basic interrupted suture that has been hard for me because you are supposed to have a helper to keep the sutures tight and I didn’t have one so it took me a couple tries to get the surgical knot tied at the right tension without ripping the banana peel. Luckily I was successful when I did it by myself so I cut out that part of the banana peel to save and keep for the final Ted Talk but I realized that there was no way that the banana would last that long without getting soggy and ruining the suture. So I am going to try again later towards my presentation date and see if I have better luck salvaging the peel.

New Ideas

I’m trying to think of some new things that I can try instead of doing the same thing every week. I always do the same suture on a banana. I’ve done some research and I think the next step for me is to cut a section of a pool noodle and practice on that because that way it would have a tougher material that wouldn’t rip as easily and also I could have more luck I think when it comes to pulling the edges together without the material bunching up or ripping apart. At the end of this month I will be stitching up a fetal pig so I want to be extra prepared for that when the time comes. In order to do that I believe that I should practice multiple different sutures on different materials. I will need to find a good quality video that takes me through the steps of a harder suture that will prepare me for the final product.

Getting Better

I’ve been practicing my surgical sutures during the provided genius hour time slots and that is going well because almost every week I have practiced stitches on a banana or an orange. I’m getting better compared to the first time I ever did a suture before. I am still having a hard time getting the spacing right without there being too much tension on the sutures. Other times, if I put enough space in between from the incision and the suture then I would have a tough time bringing the edges of the incision together without tearing the banana peel. I am going to do some extra research to find out some tips on how to keep the incision together without too much pressure being on the skin and without damaging the stitch itself.


Orange peel fail

So that orange peel idea that I had, totally failed! When I started at the top I could not for the life of me remember the video that I watched like five times the day before. I had absolutely no idea how to tie the surgical knot which was the hardest part and at the beginning, so I was stressing over that the whole hour and finally I moved on the the actual stitch. That was even worse… My spacing from the  incision was WAY off and they are all facing different directions… My oh my, I have a lot of work to do.image

First try

I actually took my advice and started out with a sewing needle for my first try. The very first one looks like crap but the second time I tried, it looked like an actual surgical suture. I’m thinking that the next step in this process is peeling an orange all in one peel and then stitching that together in its original shape. That will be very hard but I think I can do it! imageimage

Nothing New

I found this incredible blog on surgical sutures and it gives me great videos that I have been looking for! I haven’t made much progress on my project because I still have not found a way to get the materials that I need in order to do anything. I thought of something that I could try, I am going to try to use regular sewing thread and sewing needles to try on the banana for the first time and see if I can do anything what so ever. If that works out then I’m going to continue to do that until I can get the proper tools. If that happens to not work then I need to get myself together and find a way to get the things that I need ASAP. Right now I am focusing on how far apart to make the sutures and the amount of space should be between the edge of the wound and the stitch.

Nothing New




Annotated Bibliography

Cady, Stephan. “Basic Suture Techniques.” YouTube. YouTube, 7 Sept. 2009. Web. 7 Sept. 2009.

My goal this week was to get an understanding of what kinds of activities I could do to help start off my knowledge on surgical sutures. I wanted to watch a couple videos of other people practicing stiches on fruit that would hopefully help me when it comes time to do it myself. So far I have only watched one video and that video was not very helpful because it showed a dog undergo surgery but when it came time for the animal to be stitched up the video was cut and that information wasn’t present. On the other hand I found a website that had comments from people who suggested ways to practice and there was a variety of options to pick from.

Stephen Cady posted a video on YouTube about “Basic Suture Techniques.” I believe that this source is reliable because Stephen Cady received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and specializes in Emergency Medicine. This source is factual because Stephen went to medical college so he knows what he is doing but it could also be opinionated as well because whoever taught Stephen could have put their own spin on that kind of suture. The intended audience is people interested in the medical field, I know this because looking at all of the comments on his Basic Suture Techniques video are all of medical students who are asking him questions and giving him great feedback. I still want to know how to do more complex sutures on different surfaces.


I have always had an interest in animal health and when I become older I am striving to be at the top of my class in medical school. This topic interests me because I feel that it will help me in the long run and I will do whatever it takes to become successful in my specialty. Throughout this process of research I am hoping to discover the appropriate times to use specific sutures. What kind of suture is supposed to be used for a specific wound? I also would like to know how much of an improvement med students make when practicing these techniques. Research shows that when practicing in these kinds of ways your confidence level rises immensely. In order to complete the task at hand I will need to research and be fully aware of all of the different sutures used for the most common injuries, and how many layers of the skin is needed to be sutured in order to make a perfect recovery. Even before I need to know any of that I will need to know all of the supplies that are needed to perform a basic suture. Also I will need to know multiple ways of practicing these sutures so the whole time I am doing this experiment I am not just using bananas. While at school I will watch YouTube tutorials on how to properly suture a banana and other kinds of educational medical videos. While at home I will actually practice on the bananas and other fruit. I will video tape myself while completing the task, then I will watch the video over and over again to see where I could have made improvements.  Since I am wanting to go into animal medicine I was thinking about finding a mentor at the animal hospital near my house. It is where both of my male dogs got neutered. I was lucky enough to have been able to view one of my dogs get neutered, that has an influence on who I want to be my mentor. I was thinking about talking to the doctor who let me watch my dog’s surgery and see if he would give me tips or help me learn to complete these challenges. The outcome of all of my research will be a well-educated girl who knows all that there is about the basics behind surgical sutures. Which will make me want to share all of my progress with my fellow peers. I will be making video tutorials that will explain and teach the proper ways to perform a certain type of suture. At the very end of my project I will combine all of my videos so the audience can see the improvement that has been made throughout the time spent practicing. This project really matters to me because I know that in order to become the best at something a lot of practice is needed to achieve that goal. This will allow me to practice the basics of suturing so that when the time comes in medical school where we are learning about surgical sutures I can practice the regular amount but I will have already had so much extra practice and knowledge on the topic. Aside from me this will drastically benefit the large animals around me because no matter what kind of injury they have I will be able to fix them and make them good as new so that no more animals have to become endangered. I will know that I am making progress when I can successfully put a banana back into its original shape after being peeled.