Things to Know about Surgical Scissors

toolsSurgical scissors are vital elements in medical operations. These are designed precisely for the accuracy needed in a surgery- for performing specific actions, other secondary medical utilizations, and other medical procedures. Earlier in time, medical instruments were only required for observing, analysing and for the modification of biological tissues. But with the technological advancement, it has been possible to develop surgical instruments for general and specific purposes.

Some of the most commonly used surgical instruments are scissors, forceps, retractors, etc. Surgical scissors serve the purpose of cutting neatly, biological tissue and bandages. Different types of scissors are used like for instance, suture scissors, mayo scissors, metzenbaum scissors and a lot more. Forceps are used along with scissors for holding the tissue so that it doesn’t slip into the surgical area while the procedure is in progress. Some of these instruments are fabricated for use in specific functions.

The history of surgical instruments goes back to ancient times when people used various natural tools for the, then, surgical purposes. In today’s age, surgical instruments form a massively vital part of medical science. Several high end surgical instruments are being invented on a regular basis. These advanced surgical instruments have accelerated the success rates of surgeries to a high extent. These surgical instruments have reduced the hassle involved in surgical procedures.

  • When you look for surgical scissors in the market, make sure you keep in mind, that the most important aspect of the scissors is its manoeuvrability and control. These scissors are most essential for blunt dissection and sharp edged cutting.
  • Most surgical scissors are manufactured keeping in mind three aspects:
  1. closing
  2. sheering
  3. torque


  • You will then want to change the force from the hand to the shanks and then place the fulcrum on the cutting edge of the scissors.
  • The closing force is what brings the blades of the scissors together.
  • Shearing is the force that pushing one blade over the other which enables the cutting.
  • Torque is the force that leads the one blade over the other while closing.
  • Surgical scissor designers make the scissors in such a way that the movement of your hands will result in a very precise cut in the way you direct the scissors.
  • When cutting with surgical scissors, direction control and the perception of the quantity of the cut is of primary importance. These scissors are extremely sharp and designed especially for a smooth cutting of biological tissue. Therefore, one must have a very good and stable control over the hands so as to avoid making mistakes.
  • The wider you open the scissors, the closer the tissue goes towards the fulcrum of the scissors. The more the tissue is pushed away from the blades, doing a sliding action, the more the buncking effect will be on the cutting action.
  • When you cut through a tissue, make sure you have an obtuse angle in between the blades. The less the scissors stabilize the tissue, the more accurate will be your cut.
  • Make sure you take proper care of your scissors. Taking care of surgical instruments is very important as there is a chance of spreading germs from one patient to another if they are not properly maintained and sterilised and disinfected before use.
  • If you are using disposable instruments, make sure you dispose them in a way that they cannot be reused. A failure in doing so will only make micro-organisms to spread in vicious ways.
  • Proper care of surgical instruments will only make them elongate their life spans.