Chapter 3: Table of contents
Tripod Grip: Correct Technique
The tripod grip, also refered to as the ‘thumb and ring finger grip’, is most commonly used. As this name indicates, it involves placing the thumb and ring finger in the rings of the needle driver.
Tripod Grip: Incorrect Technique
The thumb and ring finger should be used when grasping an instrument with a tripod grip. Using the index or middle finger is incorrect and decreases control and precision.
Thenar grip implies the instrument is held in the palm of the hand while placing the ring finger through the bottom ring of the instrument.
Palm Grip/Modified Thenar Eminence:
Palmed Grip implies the instrument is held in the palm of the hand without placing any finger through the rings.
Pencil grip is the technique used for handling microvascular needle drivers such as Castroviejo.