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Sponge Forceps

Sponge Forceps are also called sponge-holding forceps. Sponge Forceps come in both straight and curved models and feature either smooth or serrated jaws. During most surgical procedures, these forceps have a reserved spot on the instrument mayo stand. While the Sponge Forceps have proven useful in a variety of new surgical techniques, their primary arena has traditionally been gynecological, surgical female sterilization, and abortion procedures. This is because the Sponge Forceps have the ability to grip and manipulate tissue during examinations and minor surgeries with a minimum of damage and trauma.

Sponge Forceps are used both in non-surgical and surgical gynecogical procedures. They are able to atraumatically grasp and hold the bladder or cervix during an examination, and they can be used to manipulate the tissue while the doctor performs the procedure. Doctors also use them to remove stuck membranes they discover while performing cervical examinations and to clamp onto cervical tissue to prevent bleeding.

During post-partum examinations, doctors use the Sponge Forceps to hold and examine the cervix for tearing and to set the cervix while suturing vaginal tears. Doctors have also employed them to clamp the cervix during a procedure known as Vaginal Uterine Artery Ligation. This relatively new procedure helps reduce the loss of blood and to minimize the risk of post-partum hysterectomy. Other gynecological uses for Sponge Forceps include application of an onlay graft during a direct inguinal hernia repair and in gripping and twisting off polyps during polypectomy. Sponge Forceps have proven valuable tools in a variety of surgical birth control strategies.

Straight sponge forceps are used to precisely and atraumatically insert IUD�s. The smaller Ballenger models measure 7" in length and come with both smooth and serrated jaws . The larger Foersters and Bauer models measure 9-1/2" and also come with both smooth and serrated jaws. Additionally, the Bauer models feature elongated tips for delicate procedures. In abortion operations, curved forceps steady and hold the uterus and cervix in place during the procedure and can atraumatically draw down the cervix for inspection after the procedure. In some cases they can also assist in post-abortive tissue evacuation. In female sterilization operations, many doctors especially prefer the curved Foerester model found in our Instruments inventory.

In other surgical arenas, Sponge Forceps assist doctors in a number of operations. Surgeons consider them standard thoracic instruments when performing lung surgeries such as bullectomies. The blunt tips these devices offer prove excellent tools to grasp and collapse the lung and manipulate lung tissue for complete exploration. Surgeons will also use sponge-holding forceps with tonsil wipes to treat pleural abrasions, and they will often use them in colposcopy operations to hold dry or moist cotton balls. The tong-like tips of Sponge Forceps make them excellent tools when handling sponges, gauzes, or sensitive medical supplies.

With the variety of surgical instruments available in today's medical market place, �the right tool, for the right job� is a statement which can not be understated, especially when it comes to the well being of patients.

Submitted by:

Gary Gordon

To learn more visit our surgical instruments and equipment section or read more about the applications for sponge forceps.


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