What is the best material to practice your suturing skills on?
It is a common misperception that silicon skin is close to real human or animal tissue – in short it really is not! It simply looks real (at a price premium) – but the feel, touch and handling characteristics of silicone skin are definitely far from real human tissue.
A suitable cut from your butcher comes at a fraction of the cost compared any of the fake skins made from silicone – available in the market at this point in time.
When you are preparing to start suturing on real patients in a clinical setting you want to experience some form of realism. Our philosophy and recommendation to teachers and students are simple.
Once you have mastered the various basic suturing patterns – you need to go to a butcher shop or the butchery department of your convenience / grocery store and buy a suitable piece of meat with skin attached (ask your butcher for advice. Pork shank, chicken or turkey with skin will serve the purpose well).
Believe me – real meat from the butcher will offer you the highest level of realism possible short of suturing on real people in a clinical setting.
That said, you don’t initially need super realism to practice your suturing skills. When you’re learning how to suture you have the option between buying an expensive piece of silicon fake skin or the far cheaper and most realistic option, meat from your butcher.
Master surgical suturing skills
You will find a very specific system of learning suturing skills in both an easy and effective way in The Apprentice Doctor’s Suturing Kit and Course. Using the suturing course, you master basic surgical knot tying after which you are ready to start practicing the 11 basic suturing techniques. Our suture kit’s triple layered fake skin will serve the purpose exceptionally well – but the suture kit has one single disadvantage – the element of realism, as is the case with silicone “skin”, is admittedly not great. Use meat from the butcher for the maximum realism.