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–Researchers may punch flow inlets 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. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  2. Catheters, Research
    These research catheters are designed for use with mice and rats. Catheters used for sampling or dosing can vary and depend on access or animal size. We carry catheters used for common applications. All catheters are ETO sterilized. Intrathecal research catheters are tiny tubes that are positioned in the intrathecal space that surrounds the spinal cord. They are used for delivering pain medication, which can be specifically targeted where it is needed. A vascular catheter, a venous catheter, is surgically implanted into an animal's vein, allowing the researcher repeated access to the same vein without having to puncture the animal again.
  3. Ear Punches and Tags
    Animal researchers use our ear punches and tags as a method of identifying their research animals. These identification ear tags are perfect for rats, mice, rodents and small animals. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. Microscopes for Surgery
    Surgical microscopes are designed for use with a longer working distance. Here are a few excellent microscopes for researchers. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  7. 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.  NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  8. Retractors
    Retractors are used to hold an incision or a wound open, to hold an organ or tissue out of the way to expose what's underneath. We stock three broad categories of retractors.  Hand retractors must be held by an assistant, a robot or the surgeon during a procedure. Self-Retaining Retractors have a mechanical device for holding tissue during surgery, allowing hands free operations. Self-retaining retractors have a screw, ratchet or some type of clamp to hold the tissue by itself. These allow the surgeon to operate with two free hands. 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. Our most common retractors include the Belfour, Gelpi, Weitlaner, Barraquer, Wire and Stevenson retractors.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  11. 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. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
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