A California man was rushed to the hospital Sunday evening after cutting open his stomach with a butter knife to remove a hernia. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story.

The 63-year-old, whose name was not released, was discovered in the rear of his home stretched out on a lounge chair, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News Press.

The handle of a 6-inch knife was protruding from his stomach, he said.

“Out of frustration, he tried to cut it out,” Lorenz said.

Police waited with him until emergency personnel arrived. However, before they could get there, the man removed the knife, then tried to cauterize the wound with a lit cigarette, Lorenz said.

“It is absolutely impossible for someone to fix their own hernia,” Sam Carvajal, a surgeon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, told the newspaper. “Obviously, there is some amount of psychosis going on.”

The man’s wife told police that her husband had been upset about the hernia for some time. It is unclear why he did not seek medical attention.

Paramedics took him to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.