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Microsurgery Sew SmallA man came into the emergency ward at one oclockHis thumb came in an hour laterThe surgeons job get them back together The successful re-attaching of fingers to hand requires longhours of painstaking work in microsurgery In the operatingroom the surgeon doesnt stand but sits in a chair thatsupports her body Her arm is cradled by a pillow Scalpelsare present as are other standard surgical tools but thesuture threads are almost invisible the needle thinner thana human hair And all the surgical activity revolves aroundthe most important instument the microscope The surgeon will spend the next few hours looking throughthe microscope at broken blood vessels and nerves and sewingthem back together again The needles are so thin that theyhave to be held with needlenosed jewellers forceps and willsew together nerves that are as wide as the thickness of apenny To make such a stitch the surgeons hands will moveno more than the width of the folded side of a piece ofpaper seen end onImagine trying to sew two pieces of spaghetti together andyoull have some idea of what microsurgery involvesTwenty-five years ago this mans thumb would have beenlost But in the 1960s surgeons began using microscopesto sew what previously had been almost invisible bloodvessels and nerves in limbs Their sewing technique had beendeveloped on large blood vessels over a half century earlierbut could not be used in microsurgery until the needles andsutures became small enough The surgical technique stillwidely used today had taken the frustrating unreliabilityout of sewing slippery round-ended blood vessels byingeniously turning them into triangles To do this a cutend of a blood vessel was stitched at three equidistantpoints and pulled slightly apart to give an anchoredtriangular shape This now lent itself to easier moredependable stitching and paved the way for microsurgery whereas many as twenty stitches will have to be made in a bloodvessel three millimetres thick The needle used for this canbe just 70 millimetres wide only ten
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