Types of Suctions Used In Surgery

Surgeons team working in an operationIn medical procedures, suctioning is necessary to remove fluids, excess blood and tissue. This is usually done to remove any obstructions during operations. This is done via a suction machine with a tip attached to a long tube.

Here are a few types of suctions that doctors may use:

Frazier Suction

Frazier suctions are for surgeries that require ultra-precise suctioning like neurosurgery and ENT surgeries. They are used to remove blood and tissue around nerves and small blood vessels. The tips are for single-patient use only to minimise infections. The suction tip comes with an obturator and flake-resistant shaft. The instrument comes in a variety of tubing and tips.

Yankauer Suction

This is a one-handed suction instrument used in surgeries including dental operations. It has a see-through tube that allows the doctor to see the fluids passing through. It also has an atraumatic end that allows efficient suctioning with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. A switch system permits the surgeon to close and open the instrument manually.

Pooles Suction

This instrument can remove fluid, debris and pooled blood during deep abdominal operations. It has two parts – the inner tube used to reach confined areas and the outer sleeve that promotes even and rapid fluid suctioning to avoid clogs. It is made of unbreakable rigid plastic which minimises the possibility of hemolysis.

Sigmoid Suction

This type is used primarily for colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, and hip replacement surgery. It can remove blood, debris and other fluids from the operation site. This instrument also allows the doctor to control the suction power to minimise tissue damage.

When it comes to delicate medical procedures, you have to be careful that you’re using the right tools for the job. Having the wrong type of equipment could prove disastrous for the patient. In medicine, it pays to be precise.