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Approximators, Nerve

Definition : Approximators designed to bring nerve edges into proximity during surgical procedures. These approximators are usually manual, handheld instruments with two arms mounted on a mechanical frame; one arm is fixed at one end of the frame, while the other arm can slide along the metallic frame to approach or to separate from the fixed one. Both arms include fine needles on the distal end of the arms to pierce the center of the nerve sections without damaging them. A separate key permits adjustment and/or locking of the distance between the arms. Nerve approximators are typically used in procedures intended to reattach one nerve portion to another.

Entry Terms : "Biemer Nerve Approximators" , "Nerve Approximators"

UMDC code : 20977

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