The surgical instrument shown in the picture above represents Sponge holding forceps.
Sponge holding forceps or sponge forceps as they may be called are instruments which are used by doctors to hold on to sponges and/or swabs while conducting their medical procedure. Sponge holding forceps are usually made in the shape of a scissor.
The jaws of these forceps can either be serrated or they may be smooth. The handles are ratcheted as well as looped. Sponge holding forceps can either be curved or they may be straight; the shape is different for each individual purpose for which they may be used.
Sponge holding forceps are commonly nine inches in length i.e. 18-23 centimeters. The jaw of the sponge holding is usually rounded and to be able to use the instrument for delicate and fragile operations, the tips may even be elongated.
With the help of sponge holding forceps, surgeons are able to perform minor operations without causing much damage to the patient. It is also helpful in ensuring that not much of a scar remains once the procedure is over.
Sponge holding forceps are used in every surgery which is performed since sponges and swabs are used for every surgery. Sponge holding forceps come under the category of gynecological instruments, surgical instruments, dentistry instruments and every other division within the medical field.
Most surgeons prefer to use sponge holding forceps since they do not cause a lot of damage while surgery is being conducted. Tissue can be held and moved around easily and with precision which is why these instruments come in handy to the surgeon. These instruments also help in preventing and reducing the likelihood of trauma to the patient.