Continuous suturing helps to economize movement and shortens the time needed for an anastomosis.
Place a single knot at one end of the cut. Leave the short suture end relatively long, cut the long end only. Place a second single knot at some distance to the first. This time, leave the long suture end alone and cut only the short end. Pick up the needle. Place a series of consecutive stitches between the first two knots. Tighten each loop as you move along. Tie the ends into a knot and cut them short.
Continuous suturing – pitfalls, tips and tricks
In this exercise, the oblique sutures on the tissue may be somewhat misleading. Pay attention to getting the stitches perpendicular to the cut on the underside of the tissue.
Turn your latex model around and check that the stitches are at equal distances to each other and perpendicular to the cut on the underside.
Try not to place the last continuous stitch too far from the first single knot, otherwise the anastomosis may leak.
To see your needle better and distribute tension evenly across the suture line, simply leave neighboring loops open and tighten only every second or third last loop. This is especially helpful for the last stitches in a row.