Man Discovers A 3-Year-Old Stitch After Scratching An Itch On His Leg And Starts Pulling It

Man Discovers A 3-Year-Old Stitch After Scratching An Itch On His Leg And Starts Pulling It

Modern medicine has come a long way from the times of mixed herbs and dancing around campfires. Recent technology has birthed things like absorbable stitches, vaccines, and pills for almost every issue, making it surprising to hear about the stuff humans used in ancient times.

It is not uncommon to get itches without any reason or bruises without a clue of where they’re from. What is less common is having these minor inconveniences be from past medical procedures.

In 2013, a man from Memphis, Tennessee, was involved in an accident that required him to receive over 100 stitches in one leg.

Although a number of methods exist to close most types of injuries, stitches and staples are two of the most popular methods favored by medical professionals today. Stitches are by far the most common means of closing a substantial wound or cut longer than a half-inch or 12 millimeters long. [1]

Ultimately, the method used depends on the patient’s health, the type of injury, the location and depth of the damage, and the type of tissue injured. If an injury warrants the use of stitches, doctors use a special kind of needle and thread to “stitch” the injury closed. This stitch is typically removed after several days or weeks.

According to the Encyclopedia of Surgery, “Non-absorbable stitches should be removed several days to weeks after their placement, depending on their location. 

“For instance, sutures on the face should be removed in approximately 5 days; sutures on the legs and abdomen, in 7 to 10 days; and sutures on the back, in 10 to 14 days. Strips of adhesive tape may be placed over the wound to help support the tissue while it is healing.” [2]

A blast from the past

In this man’s case, however, his stitches made a surprising comeback after somehow remaining in his leg for three years! He had gone back to the hospital as requested after a few weeks to have his sutures removed in 2013, but it looked like the nurses missed some threads, and he had been living with them ever since.

The only sign that something was amiss during this time was that his leg itched in one spot. Sometimes, the itchiness got so bad that he would break his skin from scratching so hard. However, while scratching one day in 2016, he noticed something sticking out of his leg.

Seeing that it resembled a plastic wire, he started to pull it out and ended up removing eight stitches from his leg. He posted a video showing the removal of one of those stitches on YouTube, which has racked up more than fourteen million views. The process of removing the 3-year-old sutures looked quite similar to popping a persistent pimple. [3]

So, if you have the stomach for it, you can take a look at the video he posted here.


  1. “Man’s Leg Is Itchy In One Spot, Then He Discovers A 3-Year Old Stitch And Starts Pulling It.” Healthy Holistic Living.
  2. Surgery Encyclopedia
  3. “Man’s Leg Is Itchy In One Spot, Then He Discovers A 3-Year-Old Stitch And Starts Pulling It.” Little Things.
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