Crochet Hook Used for Surgery

By Rachel Choi – 7 Comments
Dr. Peter Lawrence, chief of vascular surgery at UCLA, developed a new technique to get rid of varicose veins. More interestingly, this technique uses a small crochet hook to help remove the veins. This is a minimally invasive and non-scarring procedure called light-assisted stab phlebectomy (lasp). Who ever thought that crochet hooks would be used for more than just crochet?

Have you ever seen or used crochet hooks for something other than crocheting?


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  1. Mich says:

    Woah! Thats really weird, yet kinda cool 😀
    I’ve never seen or used crochet hooks for anything other than crocheting.

  2. Mary says:

    Hi, Rachel. I use a small crochet hook all the time for fixing sweater snags – pushing the hook from the underside, grabbing the snag and pulling it to the inside – voila, no nasty-looking snag. But surgery? No, not yet… ;>}

  3. Lovely says:

    There used to be a home hair highlighting kit with a cap with featuring a multitude of tiny holes. One used a crochet hook — that also came with the kit — to draw strands of hair through the holes.

    Sounds like a good idea on the surface. Unfortunately the nylon cap made one sweat like crazy. Sweaty dirty hair doesn’t take dye well.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Several times I have used a crochet hook to retrieve the elastic band in the waist of my son’s pants! Explanation… pants/jeans for young children can be purchased, not just with an elastic waist, but with two elastic bands (one on each side) so that you can adjust the waistline. These elastic bands have holes in them that are held tight by buttons. But, if the elastic comes loose, it often becomes lost inside the hole in the pant waist. I insert a crochet hook inside the hole and fish around until I catch one of the holes in the elastic. Voila!

    Rebecca in Toronto

  5. jet says:

    Yes, I have, i use it to swan’s neck keep free of hair. And for the rubberbands i use for a construction to close easy my wallets i have make. With the crocet hook i pull it trough the eyelets. And to pull yarn trough the loom .
    but i uses the crocet also to crocet.

  6. Banana says:

    when a guy gets fixed the doc uses a small hook that looks like a crochet hook.
    now knitting needles they have a whole secret life.(not only used for knitting)

  7. Karen says:

    I’ve used it to slide pennies out from under the piano keys after little kids were visiting and dropped them into the keyboard. Also to gently get some crumbs out of my computer keyboard keys.

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