November Tip of the Month

Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Instrument Repairs

There are numerous designs and styles of laparoscopic needle holders. Some styles have a ratchet or gear system, while others are a pivot system. Gear style can allow more play in the jaw, however, once it is ratcheted down on material, it should not allow the material to slip. Make sure the jaws are aligned when closed and grip a piece of red Thera-Band® and pull to ensure the jaw is functioning properly.