54 basic surgical instruments, their medical uses, and images

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Understanding the essential surgical instruments is crucial for anyone involved in the medical field, particularly for surgical technologists. This guide provides a detailed list of 54 basic surgical instruments, complete with images and descriptions of their medical uses. Below the table, we’ll explore the significance of knowing these instruments and delve into the major categories they fall into, as identified by CSTSetup.

The Importance of Knowing Surgical Instruments

A firm grasp of surgical instruments is vital for surgical technologists. Not only does it enhance efficiency in the operating room, but it also ensures patient safety and optimal outcomes. Mastering these tools allows surgical techs to anticipate the needs of surgeons, reducing procedure times and improving the overall surgical experience.

54 general surgical instruments with names and uses

#PhotoNameCategoryDescription
1Fogarty ClampClamping & OccludingOcclusion of arteries
2Debakey Vascular ClampClamping & OccludingOcclusion blood vessels
3Curved HemostatClamping & OccludingClamping tissue or vessels
4Rochester Pean ForcepsClamping & OccludingClamping heavy tissue
5Right Angle ClampClamping & OccludingClamping tissue or grasping ligature around a vessel
6Lahey Gall Duct ForcepsClamping & Occluding
7Kocher ForcepsClamping & OccludingGrasping heavy tissue
8Kelly ForcepsClamping & OccludingClamping large vessels or tissue
9Mosquito Clamp – CurvedClamping & OccludingClamping delicate tissue or vessels
10Tonsil ClampClamping & OccludingClamping tissue or holding tonsil balls
11#7 Knife HandleCutting & DissectingFor use with 10, 11, 12, and 15 blades in tight or small spaces
12#3 Long Knife HandleCutting & DissectingFor use with 10, 11, 12, and 15 blades in deep spaces
133 Knife HandleCutting & DissectingFor use with 10, 11, 12, and 15 blades
14Potts Smith ScissorsCutting & DissectingCutting blood vessels
15Metzenbaum ScissorCutting & DissectingCutting or dissecting delicate tissue
16Curved Mayo ScissorCutting & DissectingCutting or dissecting heavy tissue
17Straight Mayo ScissorCutting & DissectingCutting suture
18Toothed ForcepGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue
19Penetrating Towel ClampGrasping & HoldingSecuring towels or drapes, reducing small bone fractures
20Bonney ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping heavy tissue
21Kocher Intestinal ForcepsClamping & Occluding
22Adson ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping skin layer
23Singley Tissue ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping intestinal tissue
24Russian Tissue ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue
25Lahey Traction ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue during its removal
26Forester Sponge ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue or holding Raytecs
27Ferris Smith Tissue ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping heavy tissue
28Non toothed PickupGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue or applying dressings
29Cushing Bayonet Dressing ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue or inserting dressings
30Adson Brown ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping delicate tissue
31BabcockGrasping & HoldingGrasping delicate tissue such as bowel
32Allis ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue during removal
33Adair Tenaculum ForcepsGrasping & HoldingGrasping tissue during removal
34Stryker DrillMiscProviding power for drilling
35Balfour RetractorRetracting & ExposingDeep abdominal retraction
36Storz Nasal SpeculumRetracting & ExposingRetracting nasal walls
37Weisman Graves SpeculumRetracting & ExposingRetracting vaginal walls
38Auvard Vaginal SpeculumRetracting & ExposingRetracting the vaginal floor
39Pratt Rectal SpeculumRetracting & ExposingRetracting the rectum and anus
40Cushing Vein RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting blood vessels
41Weitlaner RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting superficial wounds
42Army-Navy RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting superficial wounds
43Senn RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting superficial wounds
44Roux RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting soft tissue
45Richardson RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting wounds
46Ribbon RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting deep wounds
47Kelly RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting wounds
48Goelet RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting superficial wounds
49Deaver RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting deep wounds
50Volkman RetractorRetracting & ExposingRetracting superficial wounds
51Yankauer SuctionSuctioningSuctioning fluids and surgical smoke
52Ferg-Frazier SuctionSuctioningSuctioning in small areas
53Poole SuctionSuctioningSuctioning large quantities in deep cavities
54Mayo-Hegar Needle HolderSuturing & StaplingHolding suture needles

Major Categories of Surgical Instruments

At CSTSetup, we have identified six major categories of surgical instruments, along with some miscellaneous items. Understanding these categories helps surgical techs better organize and utilize these instruments during procedures.

  1. Clamping and Occluding
    • Instruments in this category are designed to control blood flow and other fluids during surgery. They are used to clamp blood vessels, occlude ducts, or compress tissue. Proper use of clamping and occluding instruments is crucial in preventing excessive bleeding and maintaining a clear surgical field.
  2. Cutting and Dissecting
    • Cutting and dissecting instruments are used to make incisions and separate tissues. These tools include scalpels, scissors, and other sharp instruments. Mastery of these instruments is essential for precise surgical techniques, minimizing tissue damage and promoting faster healing.
  3. Grasping and Holding
    • These instruments are used to hold and manipulate tissues, sutures, and other materials during surgery. They include forceps, needle holders, and clamps. Skilled use of grasping and holding instruments allows surgical techs to assist surgeons effectively, maintaining a stable and controlled environment.
  4. Retracting and Exposing
    • Retractors are used to hold back tissues and organs, providing a clear view and access to the surgical site. Effective use of retracting and exposing instruments is critical for ensuring the surgeon has an unobstructed field, which is essential for delicate and complex procedures.
  5. Suctioning
    • Suction instruments are used to remove blood, fluids, and debris from the surgical area. These tools help maintain a clear view of the surgical site, preventing complications and enabling the surgeon to perform with greater precision.
  6. Suturing and Stapling
    • Suturing and stapling instruments are used to close incisions and secure tissues. These tools are essential for wound closure, promoting healing, and minimizing the risk of infection. Proficiency in using suturing and stapling instruments is vital for surgical techs to assist in the final stages of surgery.

At CSTSetup, we understand the importance of surgical instruments and their proper categorization. By familiarizing themselves with these categories, surgical technologists can enhance their skills, contribute to successful surgical outcomes, and support their surgical teams more effectively. Understanding the uses and classifications of these instruments is a fundamental step in the journey of every surgical technologist.

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