Surgical scissors are specialized surgical tools used during an operation for cutting and dissecting the tissues at the surface or inside the rodent’s body. Scissors come in varying shapes and the degree of sharpness. The blades of the scissor can either be curved or straight. Sharpened edges are usually used to cut and dissect the hard muscles and tissues. Scissors are made up of high-grade medical stainless steel. Some scissors are reinforced with tungsten carbide along their cutting edge for hardness. The hardness allows the cutting with sharp edges and makes the cutting easier and smoother. There are about 2000 different types of surgical scissors in use. Scissors are available in a wide range of styles, lengths, and cutting angles to allow the researcher to meet the needs of a range of surgical procedures.
Generally, scissors are classified as operating and dissecting scissors. Operating, or surgical scissors are used to cut soft tissue. Their cutting blades may be straight, curved, blunt or pointed. The type of surgery or operation determines the shape of the cutting blade. Dissecting scissors are employed to isolate and differentiate the tissues as they are more precise than the operating scissors.
Instrument name: Ligature Scissors
Other names: Suture scissor
Category: Cutting and dissection
Description: Tungsten-carbide curved scissor with micro-serration.
Uses: Ligature scissors are used to cutting stitches and sutures.Instrument name: Spencer Ligature Scissor
Other names: Suture scissors
Category: Cutting and Dissection
Description: Fine scissors having straight blades with a small notch on the lower edge.
Uses: These scissors are used as thread scissors to cut sutures and thin surgical wires intraoperatively and to remove sutures postoperatively. These scissors can cut even light sutures safely.
Careless handling and use may damage or dull the surface of the instrument. Surgical instrument’s misuse can also endanger the test subjects. To prevent damage, the instruments should be handled individually. They should be placed in the tray carefully and should not be jostled around while setting up for the surgical procedure. The scissors should not be tossed or dropped. To ensure the animal’s safety, instruments should be sterilized and autoclaved before the surgical procedure. The scissors should not be used to cut other items except the tissues or vessels they are meant for. The blood and remaining tissue should be wiped off before reusing the scissor. After the surgical procedure, the scissors should be placed in a sterile solution to eradicate any infectious agents.