The Laschal Universal Castroviejo needle holder
PROBLEM: A problem exists in the use of Castroviejo needle holders. Currently, traditionally designed instruments are limited in the range of needles that can be accommodated, resulting in the need for varying sizes of needle holders. This is because conventional, heat treated stainless steel or titanium has a very low modulus of elasticity. The closure and locking onto a needle that may be slightly too big often causes a splaying and failure of the instrument. Once this happens, expensive repair is required, but the steel has already been fatigued, resulting in a more frequent repair cycle. This can ultimately result in permanent damage.
Another problem exists when the surgeon must approximate fragile tissue or anastomose vessels with a 6-0 or finer suture. The serrated carbide inserts, which would provide the greatest grasp on the needle, could, because of the inflexibility of common instruments, also score the needle prior to passage through the delicate intima, creating microscopic abrasions. Additionally, a conventional serrated, carbide inserted needle holder can potentially damage the suture during an instrument tie. "Diamond-dusted" tips are employed in an effort to address this, but the trade-off is a less secure grip on the needle.
SOLUTION: The Laschal Universal Castroviejo needle holders
The Laschal Universal Castroviejo needle holders are made from the highest grade of spring stainless steel, with a high modulus of elasticity. Because of the flexibility of the material used, the tips can be used with a wide range of needles without the danger of splaying. Further, the combination of carbide inserts and flexible tips create balance between the resistance of the needle and the pressure of the needle holder. The needle will not slip, as with a diamond-dusted needle holder, nor will it score the needle or damage the suture as would a conventional, carbide inserted instrument. One Laschal needle holder can accommodate a range of needles that traditionally require three common instruments. Laschal’s unique use of metallurgical science and engineering results in a needle holder that is so durable, that it includes free maintenance for one year.
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PROPER MAINTENANCE OF THE LASCHAL INSTRUMENTS:
Immediately following use, the instrument should be soaked and scrubbed prior to sterilization.
Upon completion of sterilization a drop of bacteriostatic surgical milk should be applied to the articulate.
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