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My father was embalmed.. I was watched as he was bathed and dressed. I noticed he had a few stiches at the top of his hip. When I asked they said that was the opening for takin out the insides. Is this right. Please tell me what it is. i am wanting to know the whole embalming procedure,incidentally he had lukemia. He was 61. Would you be able to give me any information as to what chemicals r used for embalming and the whole procedure prep of body etc. Thankyou so much. I do admire the way you have encouraged everyone to feel at ease on your site. Hope to hear from you Amber
No, it is not right! Embalmers do not remove "insides". The process of embalming is to inject a formalin (preservative) solution which arrests decomposition. Some cases may require multiple injection points because fluid may not reach lower extremities if the initial injection site uses the carotid artery. The incision could have been an injection point for attempting to get better fluid distribution using the femoral artery. Or, the embalmer could be one of those who prefer using the femoral. In that case there would be an incision with several stitches.

I would suggest you review some of the other responses that Ken and I have done since we explain the embalming and preparation process in a number of those. I have also explained the kind of fluids used in a recent request from a student doing a chemistry project. I really wish now that I had thought to number or cross reference the Q & A although, to be honest, I never expected so many questions, and certainly never so many "good" questions.

Well, after reading the response again I find I missed a salient point. Although the incision I described sounds like an injection point I should qualify a potential misunderstanding. AFTER the arterial injection is complete the embalmer uses an instrument called a trocar which has a point and makes its own entry to remove excess blood and fluid held in major organs within the thoracic and abdominal cavities. The trocar is attached to an aspirator, usually a hydro (water driven) aspirator which uses suction to remove such waste and fluids. That is not "insides" and is merely a step in completing the embalming by preventing areas not reached by the arterial fluids from causing problems. I hope this answers your questions. Please check the other areas for an explanation on the procedure and chemicals.


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