Metzenbaum scissors are surgical scissors designed for cutting delicate tissue and blunt dissection. The scissors come in variable lengths and have a relatively long shank-to-blade ratio. They are constructed of stainless steel and may have tungsten carbide cutting surface inserts. Blades can be curved or straight. The blade tips are usually blunt. This is most common type of scissors used in organ operations. They are also used in heart operations.
The name Metzenbaum derives from its designer, Myron Firth Metzenbaum (1 April 1876–25 Jan. 1944), an American surgeon who specialized in oral and reconstructive surgery.. They are also occasionally referred to as Metzenbaum, or Metzenbaum-Lahey forceps.
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