The dissection method of tonsillectomy requires the use of several instruments. Here is a comprehensive list of instruments in the tonsillectomy set. Read the individual posts for photos, complete descriptions and the uses of each instrument.
Boyle Davis mouth gag – This instrument gives access to the tonsils and keeps the mouth open during surgery.
Scalpel – This is used to make the incision on the medial edge of the anterior pillar. A no.15 blade or the sickle-shaped no.12 blade may be used. Some surgeons also use the tooth on toothed forceps to make the incision.
Denis Browne tonsil holding forceps – These forceps are used to grasp and hold the tonsils during surgery.
Gwynne Evans tonsillar dissector – This instrument is used to dissect the tonsil from its bed.
Eve’s tonsillar snare – This instrument is used to cut and crush the pedicle of the tonsil in order to remove the last of its attachments.
Waugh’s toothed forceps – This pair of long forceps is used while packing the tonsillar fossa.
Birkett’s tonsillar first artery forceps – These forceps are used to catch bleeders in the tonsillar fossa after tonsillectomy.
Wilson’s or Negus second artery forceps – These forceps are used while applying ligatures to bleeding points in the tonsillar fossa after tonsillectomy.
Mollison’s anterior pillar retractor – This instrument is used to retract the anterior pillar to examine the tonsillar fossa for bleeders after the removal of the tonsils.
Yankeur’s suction tip – This tip is ideal for suction blood and pharyngeal secretions during tonsillectomy.
Read the individual posts for complete details about each instrument.
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