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Artery forceps, Paris, France, 1831-1870

Artery forceps are used to compress the artery and seal small blood vessels or to hold the artery out of the way during surgery. These artery forceps were designed and made by Lüer, a German surgical instrument maker working in Paris. It was not unusual for surgical instrument makers to invent new instruments. These differ from other artery forceps as the ends have holes. They are known as ‘defenestrated’ artery forceps.

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Glossary: artery forceps

forceps are a two-bladed instrument with a handle for compressing or grasping tissues in surgical operations, and for handling sterile dressings, etc. Artery forceps are for specifically grasping and compressing an artery.