Fish hook removal – how do you do it?

The image here is my all time favourite fish hook injury.  I called the Surgeon to ask him to review this one and he was somewhat dismissive.  After a more prolonged explanation he begrudgingly agreed to look at it.  Several hours of operation later we had the hook out and a lot of structures explored!

Now, there are few issues that divide my colleagues more than fish hook removal techniques.

Some like to push, some pull, some use a complex string tension technique.  Then there is the large piece of metal that you yank…. Out it pops.

So I want to know – what is your preferred technique for pulling out barbed hooks?

Let me know on the comments, or link to a video / diagram

Do you have a trick to share?     Casey


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