Rongeurs are like pliers with a heavy, pointed jaw. They are used for gnawing holes in bones during surgery. This could be neurosurgery where the surgeon must remove part of the skull to expose the brain. It could be an orthopedic surgery or even a cadaver dissection. With the rongeurs, we have bone cutters, too. These are also heavy duty instruments designed manipulating bones during small animal surgery. These instruments are for use a research laboratory.
These surgical instruments are designed for use on bones.
- Surgical spoons or scoops are used for scraping or debriding tissue. A surgical spoon, curette or excavator can be used to remove pathologic tissue. A dental curette is used to scrape a carious cavity prior to a filling.
- Hooks and probes may be used for lifting and retracting tissues. For example, a dura hook is used to retract and hold the tough, outer layer of the membrane that encloses the brain, the dura. NOTE: WPI surgical instruments are for laboratory research applications. They are not certified for use on humans.