The tip is the critical bit.
A surgical pincette has meshing teeth and must be finished to perfection. It is only when these teeth mesh with absolute precision that surgeons can secure human tissue or exert strong traction without having to exert great pressure. The anatomical pincette is there for vulnerable structures like blood vessels and nerves. Instead of teeth for gripping firmly, these instruments have lateral grooves in their gripper chucks.
Modern eye treatment abounds with innovations in diagnostics and therapy. Right from very early stages, eye doctors can distinguish between detrimental changes in the eye and healthy processes. They are also able to intervene increasingly effectively, maintaining good vision in their patients up to an advanced age. These interventions require high-precision instruments and pincettes.
We feel at home in areas where the naked eye is no longer sufficient, i.e. in microsurgery. Surgeons who operate with the help of microscopes love our high-precision instruments. The importance of attention to detail is showcased wherever the human eye can no longer cope, where it is all about identifying and treating the finest of structures such as blood vessels or nerves, where the best in the business can separate the wheat from the chaff at 25-fold magnification. These instruments need to be so filigree that they can work precisely even under conditions such as this.
Heart surgeons are becoming ever more important as demographics change. In contrast to the picture that the general public may have of heart surgeons, their everyday working life is not defined by heart transplants. Instead, it involves coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and interventions on heart valves. Not surprising with an ageing population.
However, the older the patient, the more challenging the interventions for heart disease and injuries to the heart and adjacent blood vessels then become. Advancing age makes them brittle and the risk of injury increases. This shows once again that high-precision crafted instruments can save lives.
In plastic surgery, interventions are performed for cosmetic as well as for functional reasons. Our instruments are used in all disciplines of plastic surgery. In reconstructive surgery, surgery for burn injuries, hand surgery and, of course, in cosmetic surgery. Not many people know this: Cosmetic surgery is by no means an invention of the 20th century. In point of fact, it has a history that extends back at least 1400 years. However, the success story of the use of TC instruments in plastic surgery is a very recent one indeed.
What do space travel, the arms industry, the aviation sector, medical technology and extreme types of sport share in common? That's right! In all of these sectors, titanium is the material of the future. There are many and diverse reasons for this.
Titanium has strength properties equivalent to those of tempered steel and it retains these properties across temperature ranges of approximately 200 to 635°C. Titanium is almost half the weight of steel. It melts at a temperature of 1660°C, which is substantially higher than that of steel. Furthermore, titanium is incredibly resistant to corrosion, in particular to chloride solutions, saltwater and organic acids. Combined with new processing technologies, it is this corrosion resistance that makes titanium into a trendsetter in medical technology.