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Scissors, Surgical, Suture/Stitch Removal

Definition : Surgical scissors designed to cut sutures and/or to remove stitches. These scissors are typically small handheld, manual instruments with two metallic (e.g., stainless steel) blades with straight or curved sharp tips that slide past each other (i.e., shearing action); a blade may include a notch to facilitate rapid pickup and cutting. The blades are attached to handles, with the proximal end conformed as a ring to facilitate holding and operating; with the fingers both parts are joined by a swivel pin in the center; scissors with larger finger rings and flat shanks to facilitate operation (e.g., ribbon style) are also available. Suture cutting and stitch removal scissors are used in general surgery and in most types of surgical procedures (e.g., cardiothoracic surgery, abdominal surgery, orthopedics); dedicated smaller scissors are available for very delicate procedures (e.g., ophthalmology, neurosurgery).

Entry Terms : "Scissors, Suture" , "Suture Scissors" , "Stitch Scissors" , "Stitch Removal Surgical Scissors" , "Suture Cutting Surgical Scissors"

UMDC code : 13502

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