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Dissecting Forceps

Dissecting forceps are used to handle tissues and other materials and also to manipulate needles and other instruments whilst operating. A variety of forceps have been developed to suit different purposes and many of them are available in different lengths. The jaws of the forceps may be toothed, plain or have specialised grips. Inappropriate choice of forceps may lead to damage to tissues or to the instruments themselves.

Adson's plain forceps

Fine dissectors often used in plastic surgery useful for grasping delicate tissues to dissect out nerves and vessels.

Adson's toothed forceps

Fine dissectors with teeth for gripping fine but tougher tissues. Often used in plastic surgery and useful for grasping fascia, subcuatenous fast and tendons.

Bonney's toothed forceps

Heavy toothed forceps used for grasping larger tough tissue and handling heavy needles. Typically used on fascia such as when closing a laparotomy wound.

Gillie's toothed forceps

Toothed dissector for general use on tougher tissues. The teeth mean that less pressure is required to adequately grip tough tissues such as skin but also that they are inappropriate for use on delicate tissue.

Lane's forceps

Heavy toothed forceps similar to Bonney's.

McIndoe's forceps

Non-toothed dissectors

DeBakey's forceps

A forcep widely used in general abdominal and vascular surgery. Designed to grasp delicate tissues without trauma. They are available as fine or broad and in various lengths. Suitable for handling bowel, large blood vessels, bile ducts etc.

Gerald's forceps

Non-toothed dissectors used for handling delicate vessels and needles in vascular surgery.

Plain forceps

Non-toothed broad dissectors not usually used for dissection rather for handling packing gauze and prostheses.

Bayonet forceps

These forceps are designed for use in confined spaces. The shape ensures that the hand holding the forceps is out of the line of vision and therefore not obscuring the area of interest. This is particularly useful when operating in the nasal cavity.

Russian pattern forceps