Surgical Accessories

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.

  1. Biopsy Punches
    When you need to take minimally invasive, small samples quickly, the biopsy punch is the right choice. The biopsy punch is a hand held, pencil-shaped instrument with a slender, pencil-like body. It is lightweight with a hollow, circular, stainless steel, cutting tip. Uses for Biopsy Punches Punches are not solely used in dermatology. Biopsy punches are also designed for therapeutics, cosmetic procedures, and for diagnosing and treating various medical conditions. Punches have found their way into the research world and are frequently used in a variety of applications: Electrophysiology–Specimen samples are collected for patch recording. Bio-pharmacology–Biopsy punches are used for obtaining neuro transmitters for analysis of metabolic changes in response to active substances. Anti-aging research–Skin samples are collected to observe the response to anti-aging medication in the development of regenerative tissue products and biomaterials. Forensic sampling–Forensic scientists can cut, retrieve, store and eject samples from materials like skin, gel, films, paint chips and paper. Microfluidics/Lab on a Chip–Researchers may punch flow inlets, outlets and reservoirs in microfluidic chambers molded of PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane). Plant and medical genomics–Samples may be collected from the leaves, flowers and stems of plants for use in DNA isolation applications.
  2. Ear Punches and Tags
    Animal researchers use WPI ear punches and ear tags as a method of identifying individual research animals in laboratories. WPI identification ear tags are perfect for rats, mice, guinea pigs, other rodents, fingerling fish, duck webbed feet and other small animals. WPI ear tags for small animals are made of monel, a nickel-copper alloy, which is corrosion resistant and strong yet flexible (ductile). Ear tags may be ordered in sets of 100 or 1000 consecutive numbers. They are applied with a stainless steel applicator, sold separately. The small animal ear tag applicator is designed to seal the ear tags with minimal pressure, while providing a good, secure seal. The ear tag applicator can be used with or without a spring. The spring applies slight closing pressure to help hold the tag in the applicator prior to sealing. Simply place a sequentially numbered metal ear tag in the applicator, keeping the hole side of the ear tag flat against the jaw of the applicator with the indentation.  Locate the tag within the ear, applying the ear tag just beyond a ring of cartilage.  After sealing, be sure to verify that the tag point came through the hole and bent around it, sealing properly. Wash the applied ear tags in alcohol or a similar cleaning solution to help prevent infection to the ear.
  3. Loupes
    Surgical Loupes help to alleviate eye strain by enlarging the image when you are working on tiny subjects or conducting precision operations. They are portable and easier to use than a surgical microscope. However, they are not created equal, and choosing the pair that's right for you is important to your satisfaction. Choosing the correct surgical loupes for your application involves several factors, including  resolution, working distance, field of view, depth of field,  magnification, weight and interpupillary distance. Let us help you choose the right pair of binocular loupes for you surgical application.
  4. Micro Drill
    Animal researchers use a micro drill for making holes in bone or teeth during small animal surgery. Our micro drill can also be mounted in a stereotaxic frame. 
  5. Microscopes for Surgery
    Surgical microscopes are designed for use with a longer working distance. Here are a few excellent microscopes for researchers.
  6. Other Surgical Accessories
    This surgical instrument categories includes a variety of items that include gloves, rodent guillotines, bone wax, surgical instrument lubricants, surgical instrument cases, absorbent paper points and more. 
  7. Retractors, Hand
    Retractors are used to hold an incision or wound open while a surgeon works. The retractor could also be used to hold tissues or organs out of the way during a surgery. Hand retractors are retractors which must be held by an assistant, a robot or the surgeon during a procedure.
  8. Retractors, Self-Retaining
    Retractors are used to hold an incision or wound open while a surgeon works. The retractor could also be used to hold tissues or organs out of the way during a surgery. Self-retaining retractors allow hands free operation during a surgery. Retractors with opposable blades which use a screw, ratchet or clamp to hold the tissue apart by themselves are called self-retaining retractors.
  9. Retractors, Wire
    Retractors are used to hold an incision or wound open while a surgeon works. The retractor could also be used to hold tissues or organs out of the way during a surgery. Wire retractors are the simplest style of retractor. Usually the wire has some spring so that the surgeon can pinch it together, position it and release it. These also free up the surgeon's hands.
  10. Rodent Brain Matrices
    Rodent brain matrices are available in: both stainless steel and acrylic for use with rats and mice (3 sizes) for sagittal or coronal slicing You get repeatable sections with 1 mm spacing. Choose the matrix you need.
  11. Spoons & Spatulas
    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.
  12. Swabs & Brushes
    Absorbent paper points are perfect for small surgeries, micro cleaning brushes are an excellent choice for cleaning fine surgical instruments, and our foam swabs work well as solvent applicators.
  13. Vascular Catheters
    A vascular catheter is also called a venous catheter. It is small plastic tubing that is surgically implanted into an animal's vein. This allows the researcher repeated access to the same vein without having to puncture the animal again. A vascular catheter may be used to draw blood or to inject medications intravenously (IV). A central vein catheter is usually inserted into the neck or upper chest. It is place in a large vein in the chest. The central vein catheter may be used to monitor the heart or deliver IV drugs or nourishment to the animal.
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