The Corner Stitch


More formally known as the half-buried horizontal mattress suture, the corner stitch is an invaluable technique for closure of stellate lacerations.  It is most suitable for “Y” shaped lacerations with a flap edge, but variations can also be employed for “V” and “X” shaped lacerations.  When employed, the corner stitch should be placed first in order to preserve landmarks for the rest of the repair.


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  1. Thanks for the videos! I suggest having your first needle movement exiting at the same level as your subcutaneous stitch to prevent overlapping the skin edges, and vice versa when finishing.