- 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 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.
- Looking for scalpels or surgical knives for your research laboratory? We have disposable knives, sapphire blades, and standard scalpel blades and blade handles.
- In general, scissors are cutting instruments that have two blades joined together in the middle so that the sharp edges slide against each other. We offer a large variety of scissors, from standard ring scissors to the spring scissors. Here are some options to consider when you are selecting a fine pair of surgical scissors.
- 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.