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Surgical Cutters and Pliars: Precise, Orthopedic Surgical Instruments
Various orthopedic surgical techniques involve the implant of a pin, screws, K-wire or metal rod. Generally, they serve the purpose of aligning and holding in place fractures of the hip or other bones. A surgeon may need to modify the length of the pin during the procedure. Alternatively, after the passing of a designated period, a medical professional may find it necessary to remove entirely, the implant from the bone. Pin cutters fulfill this role.

Different Types of Pin Cutters

Pin cutters are available in different types, styles and sizes to match the specific size, shape, and character of the implant. Options available include:

Straight or angled
Side-cutting
Cannulated: a specialized form of end cutting pin cutter
Different angles, e.g., 15°, 45°
Tapered
Sliding lock or box joint
Tungsten carbide or diamond-honed tips capable of removing a common three-sided trocar tip of Steinmann (Intramedullary Pins or IM) pins and/or K-wires and stainless steel bodies
Sizes range from micro and small 10” cutters to large 18.5 ones
Cut capacity variation

These cutters are available in diverse sizes to address specific diameters of pins. Their designs also reflect the explicit requirements of the surgical procedure. As a result, they offer surgeons the ability to perform surgery safely and with greater precision – providing they select the proper model.

Characteristics of a Good Surgical Pin or Wire Cutters and Pliars

Cutters and Pliars must possess the following characteristics to be effective:

Strong jaws to perform the actions
Material easily autoclavable, corrosion resistant and durable
Flawless, precise cutting or grabbing action
Comfortable grip

Pin Cutters: Selection

Choosing the best cutters and pliars for surgical procedures depends upon at least four specific factors:

Intent of the specific procedure
Diameter
Position needed
Requirements of the individual patient

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