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10ba12ba28/05/2021 14:41:22
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A surgeon pal of mine recently gave me a box of his redundant tools " to see if there was anything useful". Well of course there was and 3 photos are attached, 2 of which show locking vasectomy pliers I mean forceps. They, in the medical world are used to grab the vas deferens and drag it out of the sac. Well, I did warn you. And who but a surgeon would know that vas deferens come in differing O/D's.? The smaller of the 2 forceps is shown locked and holding a 10ba nut. The bent pliers I have found useful for putting bootlaced terminalled wires into a control panel terminal block where space was very tight.

I would not have believed this, but the forceps are available on that worldwide auction site that we don't mention.




Steviegtr28/05/2021 14:53:38
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Surely every time you use them , you get a ooh feeling in the nether region.


Frances IoM28/05/2021 15:04:00
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I bought the complete kit (unused) at a local auction about 3 years ago - comes in a stainless steel box - the forceps are useful for many purposes other than that for which they were sold.

Edited By Frances IoM on 28/05/2021 15:04:34

John Hinkley28/05/2021 15:10:39
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Posted by 10ba12ba on 28/05/2021 14:41:22:

The smaller of the 2 forceps is shown locked and holding a 10ba nut.

Are we to infer anything from this and your nickname?


Martin Connelly29/05/2021 08:07:52
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I had to source something for Tygadure cables we were using at work. The cables had a very fine stranded outer braid made from stainless steel and the usual edge cutters and electricians' scissors failed to trim it back as required. I asked Downs Surgical what they had that would work and ended up buying (over time) about 30 pairs of Schuknecht scissors, also referred to as Schuknecht wire cutting scissors. They are designed for an operation on the middle ear that uses a very fine stainless steel wire (Schuknecht's Operation). They were very well made and did a perfect job on the fine braid. They have a serration on one edge, the head is narrow and angled, there is a wire cutting notch and the working end is only about 25mm long.

Martin C

Former Member29/05/2021 08:15:46
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Eric Cox29/05/2021 10:15:50
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That's the Vas Deferens between men and women

V8Eng29/05/2021 11:51:39
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I’ve watched a couple of The Yorkshire Vet episodes nothing makes me squirm after that. The eyes do occasionally water when they’re dealing with such things though.

Edited By V8Eng on 29/05/2021 11:53:34

Nigel Graham 229/05/2021 22:18:35
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Some of what they can achieve seems many leagues beyond the fabled "watch-making".

I would rate the ears and eyes as arguably among the most delicate and sensitive organs in the body. The Middle Ear link-motion of three tiny bones mechanically amplifies and impedance matches to the transducer itself (the Inner Ear) the vibration of the Tympanum ('ear drum' ). That membrane's amplitude at the minimum sound pressure level humanly audible (20µPa, = 0dB re that pressure on the scale for measuring air-borne sound) is, I was startled to read, barely the diameter of a hydrogen atom.

I had to have my ears syringed a year or so ago (BC these days...). The nurse used a sort of suds pump rather gentler than the old grease-gun syringes, and when she examined the wash-out she said proudly, "Ooo, that's all nice and healthy. I can see the bones in there very clearly!"


A friend who is a Senior Medical Lecturer, particularly I think in anaesthetic nursing, had shoulder problems.

She told me something like, "I hope they don't have to operate. I know what they do and I don't a man in there with hammers and chisels!"

I remembered that when having my knee replaced. Judging by the sounds about the only engineering technique not involved was welding. At least, I didn't notice any bright light through the screen....

Neil Wyatt30/05/2021 23:04:36
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I remember the odd sensations of having a sebaceous cyst removed from the back of my neck.

So strange feeling my skin being pulled around (under local anaesthetic).

The surgeon was delighted to show me what looked like a perfect boiled quail's egg at the end.

SillyOldDuffer31/05/2021 10:04:03
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Tools essential for fixing boy-racers and football hooligans. Every workshop should have a pair...



Nigel Graham 231/05/2021 10:21:26
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Dave - that would imply brain surgery on those characters.......

Hmmm. The supposed sports fans' moniker has turned into a link. "Boy racers" is displayed as typed, so presumably California either does not understand the term or considers them not worthy of Internet links!

Mike Poole31/05/2021 10:53:16
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We are lucky we are not horses, the Henderson castration method will have clenching and knee crossing in the extreme.


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