While Standard Bipolar Forceps have smooth polished tips that resist the build-up of coagulated tissue (or eschar), there are significant benefits when using Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps during soft tissue surgery. Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps have a unique bio-compatible silver alloy coating on the tips and while there is no international standard specifying colour, Standard Bipolar Forceps are generally coated with blue or yellow insulation, and Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps are coated with black insulation for easy identification.
Here are the four main benefits of using Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps:
1) They prevent tissue from sticking to the tip
The unique silver alloy coating diverts heat quickly from the tips, preventing “hot spots” from occurring during coagulation. This prevents localised sticking of tissue to the tips and allows the forceps to be removed without tissue adhesion.
2) They do not require cleaning during surgery
Since less tissue sticks to the tips of non-stick bipolar forceps, cleaning the tips during surgery is considerably reduced. Surgeons can save time during surgery and focus on more significant aspects of the procedure.
3) They reduce toxic surgical smoke
Less eschar and tissue build-up reduces the amount of tissue being coagulated and, in turn, reduces toxic surgical smoke.
4) They are compatible with standard electrosurgery units
As Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps achieve their non-stick properties simply through a unique silver coating, there is no special technology or brand-specific electrosurgical generators required, and like standard bipolar forceps, are compatible with most common electrosurgical generators. Some models may require an adaptor.
For more information on the range of both reusable and single-use Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps available, please contact the customer service team at Elite Medical (www.elitemedical.com.au)