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July 1944

MODIFICATION OF THE BLADE OF THE LaFORCE TONSILLECTOME

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(1):59. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020071009
Abstract

Those who use the LaForce tonsillectome have noted that when the blade gets dull there is difficulty in disengaging an incompletely severed tonsil because the tissues have not been completely cut through with the blade.

The modification of this blade presented here is based on the principle that cutting is usually not done by cutting instruments straight across but rather at an oblique angle, e. g., cleavers, the guillotine or the angle of a cutting saw. The blade has been modified for such a purpose. It has been made longer, ⅛ inch (0.32 cm.) on one side, so that cutting begins at first with the longer side until the tonsil has been completely severed.

To prevent damage to the tissues, an additional guide had to be added to the frame to accommodate the longer end of the blade. This guide is welded to the bottom of the blade carrier and

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