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Advance-and-Cut Method of Fishhook Removal

Advance-and-Cut Method of Fishhook Removal

If medical help is not available to remove a fishhook, this method is an option. If removal of the fishhook is too painful, seek medical care.

Step A

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.
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Determine that the fishhook is deeply embedded and cannot be removed by the string-pull method. Use ice or cold water to numb the area.

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Step B

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.
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Push the hook the rest of the way through the skin so the barb comes out through the skin.

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Step C

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.
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Carefully cut off the barb. (Wire cutters work.)

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Step D

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.
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Remove the rest of the hook by pulling it back out from where it entered the skin.

Be sure to clean the wound to prevent infection.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised April 26, 2011

Last Revised: April 26, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

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