SURGICAL TECHNIQUES AND INNOVATIONS
Innovative Economical Surgical Suture Board
Atul Kumar Gupta
Tripta S. Bhagat
Received: 9 May 2017 /Accepted: 6 September 2017 /Published online: 14 September 2017
Association of Surgeons of India 2017
Abstract The aim of this study is to develop an economical
suture board for practising suturing skills and techniques.
Suture boards were made by using local electric boards, small
leather patch, four suction buttons, six screws and a hook.
These suture boards are multipurpose boards which are eco-
nomical and available all the time in department for practicing.
This board can also be placed in endotrainer for laparoscopic
suturing skills. This economical suture board is cheap, easily
available and helps in practicing various suturing and knot
Keywords Suturing board
Suturing and knot tying are essential part of surgical training.
Mastery in suturing is necessary for maintaining postsurgical
function of the tissue and also to provide good cosmetic re-
sults [1, 2]. Apart from instruments, requirement of a suturing
surface is there which is durable, economical and easily avail-
able to the trainees. Such boards are available with various
pharmaceutical companies but they are not readily available
and if they are purchased, they are quite expensive [1, 2]. With
this purpose in mind, we have designed a simple, innovative,
economical suturing board which is available all the time in
the department for learning and practising.
Material and Methods
We used an easily available rectangular electrical board of size
24 × 12 cm, a leather patch which was splitted and fixed with
screws on the board, a hook for knot tying and four suction
buttons to fix the board on the table (Fig. 1). The leather patch
was used for suturing practice and the hook for knot tying
(Fig. 2). Total cost of this assembly was less than INR 100.
The leather patch can be easily replaced after multiple use.
Observation and Results
This indigenous suture board is easy to handle, tolerates pas-
sage of tapered and cutting needles of varying diameters with
regular use for months. The part of the leather patch that rep-
resents the wound edge provides structure that simulates the
dermis. All types of suturing techniques can be practised on
this board. The hook can be used to practice hand knots like
Figure 1. Showing the assembly of the suturing board
* Apoorv Goel
Department of Surgery, Santosh Medical College and Hospitals,
B-90 Patel Nagar – II, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201001, India
Indian J Surg (December 2017) 79(6):576–577