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Scissors/cutter for surgical use?

 
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A couple days ago I gashed my wrist on the end of a sheet metal siding panel, falling in snow. Was lucky and didn't hit any tendons or blood vessels, so no major damage, just some lingering numbness that I hope will pass.


While cleaning it up I needed to remove a small flap of skin/flesh, and found the angle and position extremely awkward for a scalpel. I wished I had a pair of small, extremely sharp scissor or wire-cutters. Probably the blade would be well under an inch long.

But, so far my searching is turning up nothing close. I bet these not only exist but have a specific name that someone with a medical background will know. Anyone?
 
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Iris scissors come as both straight and angled.  Doesn't hurt to learn how to suture or use skin staples. I've had to staple a dog's chest who misjudged a jump through barbed wire in the field before.
 
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I needed something very similar to what you are looking for to snip off some young animals' very small body parts that didn't belong. Regular scissors, even haircutting scissors, were too large and the blade too thick. So I went to a sewing store and found embroidery scissors! They are incredibly sharp, have a small, thin and slim blade, and were wonderfully precise for cutting very specific, very small pieces of body parts off. And because they were so sharp and thin, there was hardly bleeding.
 
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I think what would work best is cuticle or surgical nippers, often found in manicure sets. The nippers are short, sharp (should be) and usually come in different shapes and sizes.
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Thanks all, those assorted magic words have greatly improved what I'm finding!

Will grab a few different options and feel a bit more prepared for the next time. A good chance to go through the supplies in search of other gaps/things needing replacement.


I do have a surgical stapler, very glad they exist as I'm absurdly needle-phobic and really don't fancy dealing with that simultaneous to an injury requiring stitches!
 
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Inquire respectfully at the local hospital? Or plastic surgery clinic? Or veterinary hospital?


Cheers,
Rufus
 
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