Surgical Instruments

Surgical Instruments

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Quality You Can Count On

WPI surgical instruments are manufactured with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship to provide you with reliable instruments at a cost-effective price. We offer a wide variety of surgical tools, including surgical kits. Whether you are looking for a pair of quality European surgical tools, marine grade stainless steel forceps or precision American made scissors, the quality of our surgical instruments is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

  1. Applications
    Choosing  research instruments and surgical tools is usually determined by researchers and is tied to their actual study. We offer and suggest the most commonly used surgical instruments in health sciences, social sciences and veterinary science. Here you will find instruments used for some popular areas of research.
  2. Infection Control Products
    WPI offers a broad category of infection control products to help you maintain a safe and compliant work area. Infection control products are designed to reduce the risk of disease contanimation from one person to another. In our personal protective equipment line we offer a robust reusable face masks with disposable filters. WPI also carries many sterilization cassettes, sterilization baskets and steriliazation trays which are perfect for sorting, sterilzing and storing surgical instruments and other small components. As far as sterilizing surgical instruments and other PPE, you can see everything from autoclaves and ultrasonic cleaners to ultraviolet (UV) sterilizers. When the threats of contaminents are a concern, take a look at the infection control products offered here.
  3. Bone Instruments
    These surgical instruments are designed for use on bones. These instruments include heavy duty, handheld instruments with a sharp edge like bone cutters and rongeurs, as well as instruments with a scoop-shape tip like curettes. These instruments are designed to cut bones or clear the surgical areas of bone fragments or mass growths. 
  4. European Surgical Instruments
    Our European made instruments are the finest we offer, with a line of Swiss tweezers and a full line manufactured with German stainless steel.
  5. Forceps
    Surgical tweezer, forceps, needle pullers – here's some information on selecting the proper forceps for your application. Choosing Surgical Forceps Surgical forceps may be broadly divided into two categories, thumb forceps (frequently called surgical tweezers or pinning forceps) and ring forceps (also called hemostats, hemostatic forceps and locking forceps). Thumb forceps are spring forceps used by compression between your thumb and forefinger and are used for grasping, holding or manipulating body tissue. They are non-ratchet style. For example, you could use thumb forceps to hold or move tissue during surgery or to move dressings. Hemostatic forceps are hinged forceps that look more like scissors. Hinged forceps may come with or without a "lock" for clamping. Thumb forceps are available with a variety of tips. The tips may be flat, serrated, cupped, ringed, grooved, diamond dusted or have teeth. The tips may also be straight, curved or angled. See the images below. Serrated tweezers (thumb forceps) are designed for use with tissues. The serrations or teeth actually cause less damage than flat forceps, because it requires less pressure to maintain a firm grip. Use smooth or cross-hatched forceps for removing sutures, moving dressing or other drapes. Commonly used thumb forceps include Adson forceps, Iris forceps and Foester forceps. Locking forceps may be called clamps and are used to securely hold tissue. When they are used to control blood flow, they are called hemostats. When used to grasp and manipulate needles, they are called needle holders.
  6. Hemostatic Forceps
    Ring forceps (also called hemostatic forceps) are hinged and look like ring scissors. Frequently, hemostatic forceps have a locking mechanism called a ratchet, which is used for clamping. The jaws of the locking forceps gradually come together as each increment of the ratchet is employed. Ring forceps are used for grasping, holding firmly or exerting traction upon objects. For especially delicate operations, generally ring handles with a locking ratchet are preferred over thumb forceps. Locking hemostatic forceps may be called clamps and are used to securely hold tissue. When they are used to control blood flow, they are called hemostats. Hemostats are typically used to compress blood vessels or other tubular structures to obstruct the flow of blood or fluids. The jaws can be straight, curved or right angle. They come in a variety of sizes depending on your application. For example, Mosquito hemostats clamp small blood vessels, and Kelly hemostats can be used to clamp larger vessels or grasp tissue. Kelly hemostats and Rochester forceps look similar. However, Kelly hemostats have shorter serrations. Rochester hemostats can reach a little deeper.
  7. Left Handed Scissors
    Left hand scissors allow left-handed people: To be as precise as right-handed users, especially in delicate applications when results are critical. To use natural actions without a second thought. To use instruments with smooth, even action. To have the maximum control of their instruments. Up to 10% of the world's population is left-handed, yet most instruments are built for right-handed people. Instruments like scissors, needle holders and other instruments with a ratchet action require a lateral movement for use. For right-handers the action is natural. In the case of needle holders with a ratchet closure, the right-hander uses the right thumb to push the upper blade out and away, disengaging it. The same instrument held in a left hand requires the user to pull the top blade in an unnatural action in order to disengage it. The awkward nature of the movement can make it less fluid.When using a pair of right hand scissors, the action is also natural and subconscious for right-handed people. With a pair of right hand scissors, the right blade is on the top, regardless of which hand you hold the instrument in. For a right hander, this offers great visibility of the cutting material. The action of a right-handed person squeezing the blades together using the index finger and the thumb causes the blades to come closer together and sheers the material being cut. This is not true for a left-handed person holding right hand scissors. First, the left-hander must look awkwardly over the scissors to view the cutting edge. Then, he or she must compensate for the unnatural action, as the right hand scissor blades tend to splay apart when squeezed with a left hand. 
  8. Scalpels & Knives
    Looking for scalpels or surgical knives for your research laboratory? We have disposable knives, sapphire blades, and standard scalpel blades and blade handles.
  9. Scissors
    Scissors are cutting tools with two blades joined in the center such that the sharp edges of the blades slip into each other. WPI has a wide range of scissors, ranging from traditional ring scissors to spring scissors. When choosing a fine pair of surgical scissors or micro scissors, WPI offers many choices.
  10. Single Use
    You can get discounts if you buy surgical instruments in bulk. Our economy surgical instruments are typically sold in packages of 12. These are an ideal choice for students or for disposable use. All our bulk instruments are all made of surgical grade stainless steel. All sales are final on disposable instrument packs.
  11. Student Instruments
    Our economy line of spring scissors are perfect for students who are doing small animal surgeries or dissection in a research laboratory. Our student spring scissors are manufactured from hardened surgical grade stainless steel. They are perfect for classroom use or as disposable instruments.
  12. Surgical Accessories
    No animal surgical laboratory is complete without the extras. Whether you are looking for Catheters for Rodents, a microdrill or a new set of binocular loupes, let us help you select the equipment that’s right for your application.
  13. Surgical Kits
    These kits offer common instruments used for specific applications, and they are offered at a discounted price.
  14. Titanium Surgical Instruments
    Titanium surgical instruments offer several advantages over stainless steel instruments: Titanium is lightweight with a high tensile strength.  Titanium is durable, even after repeated autoclaving. Titanium is corrosion resistant, non-ferrous, non-magnetic and bio-compatible. Anodized titanium surgical instruments are non-reflective. First, titanium is 40% lighter than stainless steel, which reduces hand fatigue. Lightweight surgical instrument are simply easier to handle, especially during long surgical procedures or dissections or when performing repetitive tasks. This also means that titanium surgical tools are more flexible than their stainless steel counterparts. With the strength of steel, titanium surgical instruments are durable, allowing you to repeatedly sterilize them without fear of damaging the surfaces or cutting edges. Because titanium may be heated up to 440°F, titanium surgical instruments may be autoclaved, as needed. Because titanium is a non-ferrous metal, it will not rust. It resists corrosion even in the presence of oxidizing acids (like nitric acid), chlorides, saltwater, and industrial and organic chemicals. If you are doing any work with MRIs, you will want to consider titanium surgical instruments, because they are 100% non-magnetic. Titanium is naturally a gray metal, but by anodizing the surgical instruments, manufacturers change the surface properties of the metal. Titanium surgical instruments can come in a rainbow of colors, but they are typically blue. The anodizing also makes the surgical instruments non-reflective so that there is no glare. When you are working under operating lights or even under a microscope, this becomes an important feature. Titanium is an ideal metal for the construction of surgical instruments, because the instruments are lighter, more durable, last longer, stay sharper and are more comfortable to use.  
  15. Wound Closure
    Suture instruments are used to ligate, repair and approximate tissue after a surgical procedure. Needle holders Needle holders, also known as needle forceps or needle drivers, are used in suturing during a surgical procedure. Needle holders typically have a textured tip for a secure hold. Often they have a ratchet (or other mechanism for locking). Some have tungsten carbide inserts in the tips. Tungsten carbide inserts are more durable than stainless steel, last longer and typically offer a better grip. Tungsten carbide (TC) is harder than stainless steel. Look for the gold handles which designate tungsten carbide inserts. Titanium needle holders are lighter weight, which makes them easier to use during long procedures. Choose your needle holders based on the size of the needle you are using, so that they securely hold your needle. The smaller the needle, the smaller the needle holder. Skin staples Staples are designed to be non-crushing when they are inserted into tissue. This section includes some of our most popular instruments used to aid in wound closure. Needle holder care Replace your needle holders if you notice any of the following: Bent tip Hairline cracks in the jaws or the joint Cracks in the TC inserts Light shines through when you hold it in the closed position. Loose joint Ratchet mechanism fails to hold securely Rust cannot be removed When testing your needle pullers, you should be able to securely hold a hair on your forearm.
  16. Laboratory Accessories
    This surgical instrument categories includes a variety of items.

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