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October 1968

Ossicular Finger-Vise

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Dubuque, Iowa

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(4):443. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010445020
Abstract

OSSICULAR transplantation within the tympanic cavity has become an increasingly acceptable and successful means of restoring the "sound transformer." It is frequently necessary to remodel the autogenous or homogenous ossicle. At times it is necessary to model a piece of cortical bone into a suitable sound transformer.

The size of the ossicle or bone graft renders it technically difficult to grasp while remodeling with the motor-driven polishing or diamond bur. In addition, the surgeon's glove is frequently torn, contaminating the field, displacing the ossicle from the operative site, and occasionally injuring the surgeon's finger.

At the Third Workshop on Microsurgery of the Ear held at Northwestern University, March 27 to 31, 1967, Dr. J. Brown Farrior reported success in holding his bone grafts with the Shambaugh endaural retractor. My attempts with this recommendation were not successful. Therefore, a small Teflon finger-vise was developed to hold the ossicle while remodeling with

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