We all have struggled with keeping our hands steady during complicated chores. It does not matter what kind of job it is but most manual labor requires a firm grasp and accuracy. One wrong stroke can result in the disruption of the entire process. Just like every other human being, surgeons require accuracy and steadiness as well. Some might say that their whole jobs revolve around the use of complicated instruments and being in control. For this exact purpose, needle holders are manufactured to help hold the suturing needles during any medical procedure.
Suturing or closing up a wound is a very fragile and complex procedure even if it looks easy. You have to deal with sensitive areas of the body and make sure that you get it right the first time. Because you cannot afford to make any mistake when stitching a wound and do it one more time. Our bodies are already exposed during medical procedures and one wrong stitch can result in injury and trauma. That’s why needle holders were designed in such a way that they reduce any risk of the suturing needle slipping or not staying in its place. This particular instrument is also referred to as ‘Needle Drivers’.
During medical procedures or surgeries, surgeons use this instrument to clamp the needles in one place and make sure it stays that way. It’s kind of like having an extra support system while you get the job done. The entire medical field is about improving the quality of life for people and making sure they go through little to no pain during medical procedures. That’s why needle drivers are commonly used in different kinds of surgeries.
Almost all surgical procedures are considered complex but when it comes to suturing, you can never be safe enough For instance, during microsurgery you have to operate on body parts that you can only examine with a microscope. The procedure is quite complex and requires precision. Needle drivers are used during microsurgery such as any kind of eye surgery. The main purpose is to make sure that you suture only the required area and you do it with great accuracy as our bodies are very sensitive. However, apart from microsurgery, this type of surgical tool is also used during minor and basic suturing procedures as well.
Different Types of Needle Holders
Needle drivers are categorized into different types depending upon their distinct functions. You might think that this type of instrument is only meant to be used to hold suturing needles. But due to the ongoing advancement in the medical field, you can find different types of needle drivers. For instance, some of the common functions are;
- Clamping and Suturing
- Stapling and Holding
- Delicate Microsurgery
Different needle drivers are designed for these functions and they all differ in sizes and styles. However, the mechanism is almost the same where all of them have a pair of jaws that holds the needles. The size of this instrument mostly depends upon the size of the needle you’re using it for. There are also different types of jaws and handles available for use. There are various types of holders relying upon the kind of stitching. For sensitive, fine stitching you can use a fine needle with short handles. However, most types of stitching require the use of a holder with long handles.
The Functionality of Needle Holders
From the looks of it, one might assume that the working and mechanism of a needle holder are quite complex. But once you get the gist of it, it’s very easy to operate. The needle needs to remain stable within the holder so you can get the extra support. This is possible with the help of the jaws built inside the holder because they hold the needle securely in its place.
The most important part of a holder is the ratchet lock that is responsible for the immense support. It keeps the needles locked in one place and does not require you to keep holding the needles for a long time. You don’t have to continuously keep adjusting the needles as the mechanism of the ratchet lock keeps the needles secure.
Here’s how you can use this instrument;
First of all, you need to hold the needle driver like you would hold a pair of scissors. Next, make sure your holder is at the right angle and at a safe distance from the wound. The next and final step is to use the ratchet lock to secure the needle’s position.
GerMedUSA offers an extensive range of surgical instruments including all types of holders and hemostats. Our instruments are perfect to be a part of any medical facility as they are precise and top-quality. Our multifaceted sensitivity testing tools are globally preferred to perform many surgeries. We can also design and produce our surgeons’ custom kit packs according to their needs. The instruments are all fine, durable, and sharp.
Are Hemostats the Same as Needle Holders?
The jaws of a needle holder are shorter, stronger, and more grounded than the jaws of a hemostat. You cannot use a hemostat to hold suturing needles. The hemostat does not have a grasp or any control over both the sutures and needles. Hence, the hemostat isn’t utilized for stitching.
Do Needle Holders Have Built-In Scissors?
Yes, some of the holders do have built-in scissors to both hold the needles and cut the suture as well.
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