Differentiating Surgical Instruments 2nd Edition

Differentiating Surgical Instruments 2nd Edition

Here’s a close-up look at more than 800 cutting, clamping, grasping, retracting, and other surgical instruments. Full-color photographs of the individual surgical instruments and their tips help you learn to distinguish among them.

Thoroughly revised and updated, the 2nd Edition provides a more detailed analysis of the similarities and differences between instruments as well as more focused coverage of robotic, laparoscopic, arthroscopic, and thoracoscopic instruments. You’ll also find a new BONUS CD-ROM and a wealth of Instructor and Student Resources online at DavisPlus.


  • More than 800 instruments and tips associated with official names, common nicknames, and descriptions of instrument features, categories, and uses:
    • Common types of clamping, grasping, cutting, and retracting instruments.
    • Instruments for specialized procedures (such as bowel, thyroid or breast surgery).
    • Cutting loops, and the parts that make up cytoscopes and resectoscopes.
    • Orthopedic drills and saw blades.
    • Instruments used in microscopic and endoscopic surgery.
  • Organization based on surgical specialties.
  • “Surgical Sessions” provide chapter review questions and critical thinking scenarios.


  • NEW! BONUS CD-ROM (See details below).
  • NEW! An entirely new professional photography program featuring more than 1,400 full-color photographs that clearly show full views and distinctive features of surgical instruments.
  • NEW!  Chapter 2, Laparoscopic Instruments.
  • EXPANDED! Coverage of endoscopic instruments within each specialty.
  • NEW! Photographs of examples of instrument sets, mayo stands, and back table setups.
  • NEW!“Second Look” boxes encourage readers to reconsider the unique features of instruments that, at first glance, may be commonly confused.
  • MORE! More detailed categorization of instruments according to type.
  • NEW! Chapter 5 on Robotic Instruments.
  • NEW! Chapter 13, Instrument Trays and Setups.


  • Interactive Exercises including…
    • “Differentiations” game prompts you to identify the correct instrument from groups of similar-looking instruments.
    • “Mayo Set-up” asks you to choose the correct instruments for various procedures.
    • Flash cards test your instrument name and spelling knowledge.
    • Interactive Animation asks you to choose and assemble the appropriate knife blade and knife handle.
    • Quiz Show trivia game poses challenging questions and keeps score.



  1. General Instruments/ Staplers
  2. Laparoscopic Instruments
  3. OB-GYN Instruments
  4. Urology Instruments
  5. Robotic Instruments
  6. Orthopedic Instruments
  7. Neurosurgical Instruments
  8. Ear, Nose, and Throat Instruments
  9. Dental and Maxillofacial Instruments
  10. Ophthalmologic Instruments
  11. Vascular, Thoracic, and Cardiac Instruments
  12. Plastic Surgery Instruments
  13. Instrument Trays and Setups

Appendix: Answers to Surgical Session Quizzes

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