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Things not to do with a knife: Remove your own hernia

There are a wide variety of things people know you should never do with a knife. For example, everyone knows you should never attach a knife to a rooster’s leg as one unfortunate man found out.

And, one California man reminded us of another thing you shouldn’t do: don’t plunge a butter knife into your stomach to remove a hernia.

Yes, a 63-year-old man from Glendale California was so fed up with his protruding hernia that he grabbed a butter knife in a futile attempt to remove it, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Not that I condone this type of behavior, but you’d think if he really wanted to remove it, he’d use something sharper than a butter knife (don’t try this at home!).

Police found the man lying naked on his front porch, and after he created the hole in his stomach, he shoved a lit cigarette in the wound.

He was not screaming in pain nor showing any sign of discomfort when police got there and even more surprising, police said he wasn’t on drugs.

I am happy to say I’ve never had a hernia, but I hear they are ridiculously painful and physically limiting. Nevertheless, a surgeon has said it is impossible for anyone to fix their own hernia, and it should never be attempted at home.

The poor man who has obvious mental health issues is still having trouble getting surgeons to fix his hernia because of his lack of insurance.

So, for anyone out there taking notes, remember to never use a knife for self-surgery, unless of course you’re one of these guys.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. But what if ur homeless haha

  2. diy surgury is good, hack an arm off wiv a penknife…been done now so wot nex a leg ?


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