What is Lister’s Sinus Forceps? The instrument has been named after a British Surgeon Joseph Lister (1827-1912). This forceps has long straight blades with ring handles but without a ratchet lock. The tip of the blades is blunt and has transverse serrations.
No catch protects the viable tissue if the tissue accidently comes in between the blades of the forceps.
What is its function? The forceps has been designed to manipulate sinus (an abnormal one end blinded tract), fistula (an abnormal canal connecting two mucosal surface of the body) or abscess (accumulation of infective fluid i.e. pus). It may be used to introduce drain or gauze plugs in ear and nose.
The serrations ensure firm grip while holding foreign bodies or removing granulation tissue from the sinus or fistula.
What is it made up of? It is made up of made up of stainless steel type 420 which belongs to class martensite as per ASTM Standards.
Surgical Procedures: The instrument is widely used to widen the tract during Incision and Drainage (I&D) of the abscess via Hilton’s Method in groin, axilla, neck or any other part of the body. During Drainage of sinus the lister’s is introduced to explore the sinus before putting the drain. Further it may be used to extract foreign bodies or adding medicines in sinus and fistula. It is also used to introduce corrugated rubber drain (CRD) to drain the dead space in operations like excision of lipoma or cyst.
Age Group and Available Sizes: It can be used on all age groups. The available lengths are 13cm, 16cm and 18cm.