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1 0 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J ust as in golf you don't tee off with your putter, in surgery you pick the right power tool for the job. Some are designed for larger operations — like knee and hip replacements — where surgeons need more speed and power, while others are intended for small bone procedures that require more precision and finesse when sawing, shaping, dissecting and drilling bone, or fragmenting, emulsifying and aspirating soft tis- sue. "The importance of having specific power tools for what I do is that they're more precise," says D. Scott Biggerstaff, MD, a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoCarolina in North Carolina. Precision is only one of the features to look for when buying small bone power tools. Here are some others to consider: • Pencil grip. It doesn't get any more pre- cise than the pencil grip. The name is exactly what it implies, you hold it like a pencil. The pencil grip is for more intri- cate, fine-detailed procedures, like nerve repair, wrist arthroscopy, wrist fractures, minimally invasive surgery of the hand and carpal tunnel syn- drome. It's not meant to be used to penetrate the bone but used, for example, to open a small hole in the bone. Speed is impor- Small Bone Power Tools Put power and precision in your surgeons' hands. Thinking of Buying … Mike Morsch | Associate Editor Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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