Titanium Surgical Instruments

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.

 

  1. Forceps, Titanium
    100% anti-magnetic, corrosion-resistant, lightweight and strong, titanium alloy is ideal for biological and medical applications. Titanium has the tensile strength of carbon steel and is completely resistant to corrosion from nitric acid, chloride, salt water, and industrial and organic chemicals. Titanium is more flexible and 40% lighter than Inox. When heated or cooled, the dimensions of titanium alloy change less than half of what stainless steel alloys will, making titanium surgical instruments much more durable. Titanium is stain-free and temperature resistant up to 430°C. Titanium tools are the premium choice for corrosive environments or MRI applications. 100% non-corrosive (great for sea water procedures) 40% lighter than stainless steel (reduces hand fatigue) 100% non-magnetic (MRI compatible) Anodized, non-glare blue finish NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  2. Hemostats, Titanium
    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. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  3. Misc Titanium Instruments
    Here are some miscellaneous titanium surgical instruments. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  4. Needle Holders, Titanium
    These needle drivers are constructed of titanium, which offers several advantages for small animal surgical procedures: 100% anti-magnetic so it can be used for MRI applications Completely resistant to corrosion from nitric acid, chloride, saltwater, and industrial and organic chemicals Lightweight and strong with the tensile strength of carbon steel Titanium is more flexible and 40% lighter than Inox stainless steel When heated or cooled, the dimensions of titanium alloy change less than half of what stainless steel alloys will, making titanium surgical instruments much more durable even with autoclaving Titanium is stain-free and temperature resistant up to 430°C. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
  5. Scissors, Titanium
    100% anti-magnetic, corrosion-resistant, lightweight and strong, titanium alloy is ideal for biological and medical applications. Titanium has the tensile strength of carbon steel and is completely resistant to corrosion from nitric acid, chloride, salt water, and industrial and organic chemicals. Titanium surgical instruments are more flexible and 40% lighter than Inox. This reduces hand fatigue during long procedures. When heated or cooled, the dimensions of titanium alloy change less than half of what stainless steel alloys will, making titanium surgical instruments much more durable. Titanium is stain-free and temperature resistant up to 430°C. Titanium instruments are the premium choice for corrosive environments or MRI applications. 100% non-corrosive (great for seawater procedures) 40% lighter than stainless steel (reduces hand fatigue) 100% non-magnetic (MRI compatible) Anodized, non-glare blue finish Titanium surgical instruments are 40% lighter than stainless steel.  They also last longer than stainless steel instruments. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.
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