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Two Yasargil clips, cased, Germany, 1965-1980

Yasargil clips are used during neurosurgery to help treat aneurysms. This is where a blood vessel wall is weakened and begins to swell, a condition that can occur anywhere in the body. Blood vessels can also burst, causing internal bleeding. This is especially dangerous if the burst occurs in the brain. The clips measure 14 mm long and 3 mm wide. These clips were invented with M Gazi Yasargil (b. 1925), one of the pioneers in applying microsurgery techniques to neurosurgery. They are still made today and are available from most surgical instrument suppliers. They are shown here with the compression forceps (A616252) used to apply the clips.

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    Glossary: neurosurgery

    A surgical speciality that treats diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.

    Glossary: Yasargil clip

    Named after the Turkish micro-neurosurgeon M. Gazi Yasargil, it is an instrument used in surgery on the brain, in particular the treatment of aneurysms (blood filled bulges of blood vessels).

    Glossary: aneurysm

    A balloon-like swelling occurring in the wall of an artery.

    Glossary: microsurgery

    Reconstructive surgery on small body parts. Microsurgery is performed under magnification using delicate instruments and precise techniques.