We recently put together a guide to the different types of surgical instruments, and their common applications. In this post we’ll take a closer look at the different types of surgical forceps, which are mainly used to grab and manipulate tissue during procedures.
Please note that different hospitals and surgical teams might use slightly different names for these different types of forceps. This is just a general guide, to provide a general introduction to the varied role forceps can play in surgical procedures.
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The Different Types of Surgical Forceps
Surgical teams may also refer to dissecting forceps as grabbers, or thumb forceps. They’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes, all resembling tweezers.
Used for: Surgeons basically use these as more precise extensions of their fingers and thumbs, to hold and manipulate tissue and equipment.
Dissecting forceps can either be traumatic or atraumatic – which means their tips are either toothed or non-toothed. Traumatic forceps are used to hold and grip dense tissue. Atraumatic forceps are for gently grasping tissue without damaging it during delicate procedures such as dissection.
Also known as locking forceps, or Haemostats, hinged forceps resemble a pair of scissors. Due to their flat edges, they can securely carry and lift tissue without damaging it.
Used for: Hinged forceps are used to hold tissue in place during certain operations, and to compress blood vessels that are to be tied off. Obstructing vessels and arteries in this way can also prevent blood flow during operations on organs.
These are essentially the opposite of dissecting forceps. You squeeze dissecting forceps to close them. Yet with reverse forceps, you squeeze to open them.
Used for: This design provides uniform tension, which gives surgeons a greater level of precision and control for procedures such as tying sutures and applying or removing dressing.
Some forceps are specifically designed for certain procedures.
Used for: Maternity teams will make use of a variety of obstetric-specific forceps during labour and delivery, to safely extract babies during the crowning process.
Taking Care of Your Surgical Forceps
Effectively sterilising and cleaning surgical instruments is an essential part of infection prevention and control in medical settings. Taking care of your surgical instruments will also prolong their lifespan, keeping them as reliable as possible for as long as possible.
We have a few guides that will help you take better care of your surgical instruments:
- How do you sterilise and clean surgical instruments?
- Understanding the differences between surgical steel and stainless steel
- 8 tips for better surgical instrument care and handling [Infographic]
- Surgical instrument discolouration guide [Infographic]
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