Foerster clamp

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A foerster clamp is a surgical clamp with a round eyelet.[1] Also known as a sponge clamp, or sponge stick. Used for atraumatically grasping lung tissue in thoracic surgery. When grasping a surgical sponge in the jaws, Foerster clamps are commonly used for removing small amounts of fluids from the operative area and applying pressure to sites of bleeding.[1] May also be used for tissue dissection. Invented by David William Foerster of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who pioneered sex change operations in the United States.

Non-medical uses[edit]

It is commonly used in body piercing, particularly for tongue piercings.

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  1. ^ a b Hartman, Christopher J.; Kavoussi, Louis R. (2017). Handbook of Surgical Technique E-Book: A True Surgeon's Guide to Navigating the Operating Room. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 51. ISBN 9780323512220. Retrieved 7 March 2018.