How To Tie Knots Like A Heart Surgeon

A knot-tying tutorial that's not about how to tie surgical knots, but how to tie them in the most effective way. Surgical knots need to be tight enough but not too tight. Tight enough to accomplish their mission but not so tight that the suture breaks or pulls through the tissue.

Craig Smith, MD, cardiac surgeon and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia, breaks with the conventional wisdom on tying surgical knots. Through explaining the anatomy of a knot, Dr. Smith illustrates the effectiveness of his knot-tying technique and why we all may benefit from tying knots like a heart surgeon. Sit back, relax and enjoy this one.