Surgical knot tying is an important part of any surgical rotation. Let’s go over the basics to help you shine on your surgical rotations. There are three ways to tie a knot that you will need to know
- Two handed: This is the bread and butter and you must master this. Some attendings will want you to demonstrate proficiency in two-handed ties before doing one-handed. I do not necessarily agree with this as you can be good at one handed and bad at two handed, but I understand their rationale. They want to make sure you understand the basic principles of tying strong, square knots.
- One handed: This is the most efficient but hardest to learn.
- Instrument: You will be doing instrument ties when you are suturing. It’s important to get proficient at instrument ties otherwise you may lose privilege closing incisions until you can do so appropriately.