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Dissecting Forceps

While surgeries are being performed, surgeons constantly use a variety of instruments and need to hold on to a variety of organs and instruments to complete any surgery which they may be performing. The same is applicable to surgeries on women delivering babies or those who come for a neonatal examination. There are a variety of gynecological instruments which the doctor/surgeons make use of. Amongst the common gynecological instruments and surgical instruments which are used is forceps.

Forceps are instruments which are used to hold objects. This instrument also must be handheld by the surgeon who makes use of it. Dissecting forceps are a particular kind of forceps which fall under the forceps category. This forceps also comes under the category of gynecological instruments and it has two arms. The instrument has a spring which is found at the back of the instrument and jaws are in the front. The instrument can be used with the right or the left hand as it is made in such a manner. These dissecting forceps are also symmetrical. When the surgeon holds on to dissecting forceps while conducting a surgery, the index finger and the middle finger is placed on the top arm and the thumb is placed on the bottom arm. By applying a little pressure with both the fingers and thumb holding on to the forceps, the object which needs to be taken a hold of can be picked up.

The name would suggest that the dissecting forceps are used to dissect tissue while surgery is being performed however this is not the case with these forceps. These forceps are generally used by surgeons to further have a grip while they grab a hold of needles, tissue and while performing sutures and since surgeons deal with tissue, sutures and needles when delivering a baby, dissecting forceps comprise an important aspect of gynecological instruments. Since surgeons need a clear vision when delivering a baby, dissecting forceps can come in handy as they are useful in keeping tissue out of the way while surgeries are performed.

Dissecting forceps come under the category of non locking forceps and/or thumb forceps. There are some of these forceps which come under locking forceps as well. An example of locking forceps is Kelly forceps and these are also a common instrument used in surgery. When locking forceps are used, surgeons generally use them as clamps and the fingers are used to take control of the lock. A variety of dissecting forceps, some of the well known ones are dissecting crushing forceps, overholt dissecting forceps and Bonney dissecting forceps.

Dissecting forceps can be found in various sizes and styles. For example, when the ridges between the jaws of the forceps are narrow, delicate tissue can be dealt with and this is a very important aspect of gynecological instruments. The tissue and objects must be dealt with very gently and these forceps with narrow ridges are perfect to avoid any damage. If heavier tissue needs to be dealt with, there are dissecting forceps available which have a wider ridge between the jaws which allow heavy tissue and objects to be held.