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Sponge forceps may have various lengths, be curved or straight, and may have serrated or smooth jaws. These are typically used to grasp and manipulate sponges during ‘final’ sterile preparation of the surgical site in order to prevent contamination of the surgeon’s sterile gloves.
Ochsner and Kocher forceps have transverse striations and are equipped with large teeth at the tip ends which were designed to prevent tissue slippage. The teeth are inconvenient and traumatic therefore these forceps are rarely used in veterinary soft tissue surgery. Some surgeons find use for this instrument in orthopedic surgery to manipulate bony fragments during fracture repair.