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The bobbin needle forceps (Fig. 1) is designed for ligating or suturing down in a narrow cavity where it is difficult to pass a needle or use a carrier. The illustration shows the bobbin in position, threaded, and in the left hand jaw. On closing the jaws the bobbin passes through the opening in the opposite jaw, The sliding lock on this jaw, which moves up and down and has the ring attached, is raised until it catches the bobbin by its arrow head. On opening the jaws the bobbin remains in the right hand jaw and leaves the left hand jaw as shown in the dotted figure, in which the thread is seen passing around the artery. The bobbin is withdrawn with the forceps and is then released by drawing back the sliding catch. The suture may be tied or the bobbin may be replaced in its receptacle in
Wight JS. BOBBIN NEEDLE FORCEPS AND RETENTION CANNULA. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(4):273. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.25810300002015b
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