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.
- Rongeurs are like pliers with a heavy, pointed jaw. With their heavy contrsuction, rongeurs are used for gnawing holes in bones during surgery. The scoop shaped tip of the rongeur is used for gouging the bone. This could be neurosurgery where the surgeon must remove part of the skull to expose the brain. Ronguers may be used in an orthopedic surgery or even a cadaver dissection. Along with the rongeurs, we carry bone cutters, too. Bone cutters are also heavy duty, manual instruments designed for manipulating bones during small animal surgery. They are shaped like scissors or pliers. Using the sharp edge, bone cutters can penetrate bones or even bisect them. Bone cutters are frequently used in orthopedic surgery or oral surgery.
- Surgical spoons or scoops are used for scraping or debriding tissue. A surgical spoon, curette or excavator can be used to remove pathologic tissue. A dental curette is used to scrape a carious cavity prior to a filling.