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To the Editor.–Standard needle holder jaws can be curved to an angle of approximately 30° to make a helpful instrument for the surgeon. This alteration facilitates the passage of the needle and suture through difficult angles in limited operative exposures. Increased speed of suturing, a more atraumatic technique, and less torque strain on the needle are achieved. The operative technique of using this needle holder is immediately learned and appreciated. The jaws of the needle holder provide superior needle holding ability, having as their contact surface laminated tungsten carbide or diamond jaw inserts. The angled jaws of the needle holder direct the needle and suture easily through tissue conforming to the 180° arc of the needle. Clinical experience has shown that this needle holder offers technical advantage in repair of the posterior inguinal wall, and in low intestinal anastomosis. The comparative difference to a standard needle holder is illustrated
DOHERTY C, PITTMAN JA. Curved-Jaw Needle Holder. Arch Surg. 1977;112(1):98. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370010100022