Too much swelling in your incision site? Blame your non-dominant hand.

In surgery we tend not to pay much attention to our non-dominant hand, and rightfully so, our brain needs to focus on our dominant hand, the one holding the sharp instruments!  However, the non-dominant hand is usually holding the thumb forceps and if we are not paying attention to it, our grip will tighten on the forceps and hence the tissues, causing significant tissue trauma.  This is one of the reasons why the patients’ of new graduates often excess swelling at the spay incision site.  Be mindful of the non-dominant hand!