The automatic ligating needle forceps shown in the accompanying illustration is useful for the simple and rapid ligation of the posterior ethmoid and sphenopalatine arteries.1
An automatic ligating needle forceps.
The catgut suture is held in a slotted needle. Closure of the alligator jaw supporting the needle carries the suture through the tissue, and it is grasped in the spring eye of the fixed blade. The jaw is opened, and the end of the suture is drawn to the outside of the orbital or nasal cavity. The knots are tied externally and pushed into place with a ring knot tier.
SMITH F. AN AUTOMATIC LIGATING NEEDLE FORCEPS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(5):590. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020604011
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