Tools of the trade: DeBakey forceps

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debakey300DeBakey forceps review by Dr Selena Steiner, Cleveland Veterinary Clinic, Cleveland, QLD

I really didn’t know about DeBakeys until I did a dental course in Melbourne about 10 years ago. They were promoting the use of either DeBakeys or Adson-Brown forceps. My partner [Dr Seungho Kim] is also a vet and we have this ongoing debate about which is better. I’m sure he only likes Adson-Browns because they’re a less expensive option.

What’s good about it Not only are DeBakeys more elegant and beautiful than Adson-Browns, they revolutionised tissue handling for me. The forceps have two rows of very small fine teeth that are very gentle on fragile tissue. They work particularly well in the mouth and in the abdomen when performing surgery. As they cause little trauma, the healing is more rapid. They are perfect when I’m doing a biopsy of a very small lesion and only want to take a tiny piece of tissue. When I was a young, gung-ho vet, I used to send off pieces of tissue for histopathology and they would report back there was lots of crushing from the forceps. It’s a disaster when the report can’t tell you anything because the sample was too crushed. So that’s why I like DeBakey forceps. They are a simple piece of technology that handles tiny pieces of tissue very gently. It’s only a small thing but it can make a huge difference. I have the whole range of DeBakey forceps including several pairs of each model. I ensure my name is on them before they get autoclaved. I have also populated many kits in my practice with them.

What’s not so good Nothing. I’ve used lots of different forceps in the past but these are, by far, the best. I would like to be buried with my DeBakey forceps.

Where did you get it Sound Veterinary Equipment
(www.soundveterinary.com.au).

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