7 Essential Surgical Power Tools Used in the Operating Room

By: Sunder Singh

The worldwide market for surgical power tools is poised to grow between now and 2024, according to multiple reports from leading industry research and consulting firms. The reports indicate that the expected growth is backed by several factors, such as innovations in technology, an increase in the number of surgical procedures being performed, and wider adoption of battery-powered cordless surgical devices, especially in developing nations.

Surgical power tools are increasingly relied upon for any number of procedures: cardiac, ophthalmic, oral, and neurological, just to name a few. These tools are also preferred by orthopedic surgeons who regularly operate on bone, muscle, joints, and ligaments. For these surgeons, power tools enable them to perform procedures faster, more accurately, and with greater precision—all without compromising patient safety.

There many categories of surgical power tools with features that meet a surgeon’s specific needs—from ergonomic designs and low cost, to greater durability and higher performance. Here are seven devices that are an essential part of every operating room.


Orthopedic power drills

Where strength, accuracy, and efficiency are required, power drills are the tools of choice for surgeons. From DC tools that deliver high power to slotted high-torque brushless DC motors designed for efficiency and a long battery life, orthopedic power drills offer flexibility, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.


Large bone orthopedic saws

Products in this category feature a high-peak torque design that allow surgeons to cut through dense bone using just a small motor. Brushless motors are powerful, sterilizable, efficient, and can have a long battery life.


Surgical Staplers

In surgery, staples have routinely replaced traditional sutures in order to close skin wounds, as well as connect or reconnect tissue and muscle. Using surgical staples instead of sutures has several benefits to the patient, such as closing the wound faster, minimizing the size of the wound, and reducing inflammation in the treated area. Surgical staplers today are quite strong and enable surgeons to perform procedures more smoothly and efficiently.


Surgical robots

In robotic surgery—also known as robot-assisted surgery—doctors typically use a clinical robotic surgical system for operations that require more precision and control, particularly orthopedic, arthroscopic, and endoscopic procedures.

A typical surgical robot system features a mechanized arm with a camera and surgical instruments attached, with the surgeon controlling the system from a nearby computer terminal and assisted by his team. Along with enabling intricate surgical movements and positioning, the system also provides doctors with a magnified three-dimensional, high-resolution view of the surgery area that may be difficult for the human eye to see.


Powered plastic surgery devices

From liposuctions to skin grafts, plastic surgery continues to be a lucrative business. Technological innovations have resulted in plastic surgery devices that combine power, control, and speed. Plastic surgery tools today also feature designs that are more compact, lightweight, and durable than ever, delivering increased reliability and lowering the total cost of ownership.


ENT, neuro, and spine drills

For neurotology and spine procedures—along with ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeries—doctors require tools that can not only deliver at high speeds and with precise control, but are also compact, lightweight, easy to set up, easy to use, and produces minimal vibration. There are many cost-effective and reliable options available that overcome those challenges, along with helping to ensure patient safety like never before.


Powered surgical screwdrivers

Innovations in surgical screwdrivers deliver many benefits, particularly for patients. This includes minimized trauma and damage to the tissue area, as well as faster healing post-surgery.

For surgeons—particularly in reconstructive or plastic surgery that require fastening a large number of screws —these tools offer improved control and efficiency, as the doctor no longer needs to perform this type of task manually. By motorizing the surgical screwdriver, procedures are not as laborious for a surgeon, who can then perform with greater precision and in less time.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of surgical power tools used in the operating theater, but it should give you an idea as to how such implements have become so essential and ubiquitous in many of the medical and surgical procedures performed by professionals today.


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