This easy, simple and aseptic method of tying sutures with forceps is shown, not as something new, but as an adaptation for the ophthalmic surgeon of a similar method used by the general surgeon. Simplifying and perfecting each step of any operation shorten the duration and increase the percentage of good results.
The forceps used are a little different from the ordinary small tissue forceps. Instead of the blades having just the horizontal serrations, there is a cross-hatching that prevents the smallest suture material from slipping, regardless of the angle at which it is grasped. With the ordinary tissue forceps, if the suture material is not grasped at a right angle to the serrations, or nearly so, it slips through. Then, too, the tips are straightened somewhat so that they come together in close apposition for one-half inch, giving a much longer surface for grasping
Atkinson WS. FORCEPS TYING OF SUTURES. Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;7(4):613–614. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820110127010
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