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Surgical Scissors


Medical scissors and surgical scissors have unlimited applications in the healthcare profession.  In fact, they’re such necessary items required for everyday use, it’s hard to imagine a world without them.  Surgeons and physicians alike have been using surgical scissors for thousands of years and there simply is no replacement for this vital instrument.

Scissors have been in use since the dawn of pre-history.  The first manifestation of this instrument can be traced back to the lever, first described by Archimedes in approximately 260 B.C.  However, the first recognizable incarnation of scissors were invented at some time around 1500 B.C. in ancient Egypt.  Evidence of this ancient tool was discovered in Egyptian ruins.  These ancient scissors were simply constructed from one piece of metal, completely different from the common two-blade-fulcrum design we use in modern times.  In approximately 100 A.D., modern cross-blade scissors were invented in ancient Rome.  Though they were most likely used by butchers and barbers, early surgeons and physicians had to have seen the multiplicity and intrinsic value of these instruments.

At this point in history it is quite possible that surgical scissors were used in combination with other surgical instruments to perform rough, crude operations such as extractions of foreign bodies (i.e. spear tips, arrowheads), amputations, and suturing operations.  At this time, such instruments as scalpels, lancets, probes, curettes, tweezers, surgical knives, and others were constructed of bronze, silver, and iron.  Many of these instruments continued to be used during medieval times, though manufacturing techniques had improved. 

As for the modern scissors we use today, it is a popularly held opinion that they were invented by Leonarda da Vinci invented.  He supposedly used them to cut canvas that did not please him while painting, wanting only the best parts to show.

As medical and surgical instruments today, medical scissors and surgical scissors are vital instruments to have.  At Medical Supplies and Equipment Company, our on-line catalogue features the highest possible quality in operating scissors from industry leading manufacturers.  We distribute a wide range of surgical and medical scissors that have innumerable purposes and applications such as:


  • Operations
  • Suturing / Suture Removals
  • Dissections
  • Autopsies
  • Bandage Removals
  • Cast Removals
  • First Aid Kits


Each instrument in this category features precision fingertip control, making them ideal for the most delicate surgical procedures.  They are available with either curved or angular cutting blades.  These high precision cutting instruments are manufactured to the highest specifications and can be autoclaved before any signs of corrosion are visible.

You can rest assured that the instruments in our inventory will provide accurate, high performance.  They are primarily used in surgeries for cutting sutures, soft tissues, as well as hard tissues.  The straight varieties are used to cut sutures and supplies.  The curved variety is used to cut heavy tissues such as muscle, fascia, and uterus, among others.  They are available in multiple sizes, dependent on the intended usage.

At Medical Supplies and Equipment Company, we provide these and other surgical instruments and diagnostic equipment of the highest quality, all at one convenient location.  From scalpels, forceps, needles & syringes, to complete surgical kits, surgical lights, and medical exam lights, we carry everything the healthcare professional requires for his or her practice.

After evaluating our on-line inventory of surgical scissors, we encourage you to browse our entire catalogue to ensure all of your equipment needs are met.  There’s no excuse in the healthcare profession for running out of adequate supplies, so before it happens, take a moment to restock your clinic to be sufficiently prepared.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call us toll-free at 1-877-706-4480.

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