Award-Winning Manufacturer of Surgical Instruments

Surgical Holdings partner with hospitals and customers, using our expertise as a specialised manufacturer and repairer of high-quality surgical instruments and orthopaedic implants, using only the highest quality steels to British Standards, to unique patterns and designs.

We work in partnership with our customers, offering solutions to their needs. For example, surgical instrument tray refurbishment service respects the need to carefully manage the hospital budget, refurbishing instruments to an ‘as new’ standard, whilst also addressing potential protein adhesion risk, reworking the surface of the devices, removing scratches and crevices.

Our high quality, market-leading surgical instrument repair and refurbishment services cover surgical instruments, laparoscopic instruments, electrosurgery, air tools, power tools and rigid endoscope repair, in our purpose-built rigid scope repair workshop. 

Our business remit has developed significantly in recent years and we now distribute other specialised ranges including Hermann laparoscopic instruments, Bissinger Bipolar Instruments and the Symmetry Surgical range including the world-renowned Bookwalter Retractor and Thomas Codman Surgical Instrumentation, including heritage brands Malis and Rhoton. 

Surgical Holdings have been awarded a place on the NHS Supply Chain framework agreement for reusable surgical instruments, laparoscopic instruments and orthopaedic implants. We are also on the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative framework agreement for the repair of surgical instruments.

Our Mission is to safely and ethically manufacture, service and supply surgical instruments for the public and private healthcare sector and provide accurate information, flexibility and continual quality improvement through our service and product. We are committed to improving Labour Standards throughout our Supply Chain through our Level 3 accredited Labour Standards Assurance System.

Frequently Asked Questions
How many different types of surgical instrument are there?

There are over 5000+ different types of instruments, ranging from simple single piece instruments to more complex retractors, all for different surgical uses, often coming in different lengths and shapes i.e. Straight and curved.

What are surgical instruments made from?

Most surgical instruments are manufactured from stainless steel. Previously before stainless Steel, they would have been manufactured from Carbon steel and plated. This was not ideal as the plating could flake off.

How are surgical Instruments named?

The nomenclature of surgical instruments are defined normally by the inventor of the instrument, followed by where the instrument is used and finally the type. For instance in the case of the Spencer Wells Artery Forcep, Spencer wells is the original surgeon that invented the Spencer wells back in the late 1800s, Artery is where the device is used and finally, it is determined to be a 'forcep'.

What is the most effective way to reprocess surgical instruments?

You should always follow manufacturers guidance in the first instance, along with any local protocol such as HTM 01-01.

Is there such thing as a 'special' surgical steel for instruments?

No, there are stainless steels which are more suitable for use as surgical instruments, mostly defined as the 420 range of stainless steel (BS 5194).

Why are my surgical instruments going rusty?

Surgical instruments are made from stainless steel which contains iron and carbon. If left wet, they will rust or start to corrode. However, there are multiple potential issues that could also cause this such as blood/bioburden, chemistries used for washing, quality of sterilising steam, quality of washing water, passivation of the instrument.

Are there any potential issues with laser marking surgical instruments?

Yes! Proceed with extreme caution. Laser marking can expose free iron and if this free iron is not oxidised before the instruments are washed, they will show signs of rust. Take advice from the ABHI or your instrument company.

If a surgical scissor feels loose, does it mean it is poor quality?

No, scissors are a hand set instrument. The 'set' itself is applied by the instrument technician and ensures the scissor cuts and performs correctly. The scissor may seem loose, but quite often this is just the set on the scissor.

What do two black bows on a surgical scissor mean?

This designates 'Super cut'. Super cut is one micro-serrated edge and one ultra-sharp edge. Often these scissors may also be referred to as 'Stille', as it is thought that Stille introduced this edge originally. The Super cut offers a grip and cut.

What do gold bows on a surgical instrument mean?

This is an indication that the instrument has tungsten carbide in its jaws or blades. This tungsten carbide makes the scissor more robust and harder.

What is the difference between bipolar and monopolar instruments?

Both are quite different. With monopolar the current flows through the patient, utilising a patient return pad. This can mean risks of burns is higher with monopolar. With bipolar, less energy is used and the circuit is created only by touching the instruments. Bipolar is generally used in more delicate procedures. Both instrument types are connected to a power source.

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