Home » Surgical Instruments, Medical Surgical Supplies & Equipment » Cutters


Surgical Cutters and Pliars: Precise, Orthopedic Surgical Instruments


Various orthopedic surgical techniques involve the implant of a pin, screws, K-wire or metal rod. Generally, they serve the purpose of aligning and holding in place fractures of the hip or other bones. A surgeon may need to modify the length of the pin during the procedure. Alternatively, after the passing of a designated period, a medical professional may find it necessary to remove entirely, the implant from the bone. Pin cutters fulfill this role.


Different Types of Pin Cutters


Pin cutters are available in different types, styles and sizes to match the specific size, shape, and character of the implant. Options available include:

  • Straight or angled
  • Side-cutting
  • Cannulated: a specialized form of end cutting pin cutter
  • Different angles, e.g., 15°, 45°
  • Tapered
  • Sliding lock or box joint
  • Tungsten carbide or diamond-honed tips capable of removing a common three-sided trocar tip of Steinmann (Intramedullary Pins or IM) pins and/or K-wires and stainless steel bodies
  • Sizes range from micro and small 10” cutters to large 18.5 ones
  • Cut capacity variation

These cutters are available in diverse sizes to address specific diameters of pins. Their designs also reflect the explicit requirements of the surgical procedure. As a result, they offer surgeons the ability to perform surgery safely and with greater precision - providing they select the proper model.


Characteristics of a Good Surgical Pin or Wire Cutters and Pliars


Cutters and Pliars must possess the following characteristics to be effective:

  • Strong jaws to perform the actions
  • Material easily autoclavable, corrosion resistant and durable
  • Flawless, precise cutting or grabbing action
  • Comfortable grip


Pin Cutters: Selection


Choosing the best cutters and pliars for surgical procedures depends upon at least four specific factors:

  1. Intent of the specific procedure
  2. Diameter
  3. Position needed
  4. Requirements of the individual patient