Lancashire Man Performs DIY Operation on Himself to Remove Suture

Lancashire Man Performs DIY Operation on Himself to Remove Suture
September 17 18:57 2016 Print This Article

(BBC) – An engineer who was left with 8in (20cm) of surgical stitches inside his body after an operation has performed surgery on himself to remove them.

Graham Smith admitted he was reckless, but the pain had made him desperate.

“There was a bit of blood and it stung a bit but I was confident in what I was doing,” said Mr Smith, of Lancashire.

Aintree Hospital, Liverpool, where he underwent the original surgery, said he had been booked in for a consultation on Monday and it would contact him.

The suture was left in Mr Smith’s abdomen during a bowel operation 15 years ago, but he did not bring it to the attention of the hospital until 2011, having noticed a length of the stitches protruding through his skin.

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The hospital said a consultation had been cancelled.

“I tried to do it through the normal channels… but I had septicaemia,” Mr Smith said.

“I didn’t make the decision lightly – I was desperate, but I had to take control of it and I was not prepared to sit and die on a waiting list.

“I’m a specialist engineer. I do jobs people can’t do, but I’m not a surgeon so don’t try this at at home.”

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