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A tenaculum forcep is a surgical instrument that falls under the category of forceps. It consists of a slender handle with a single sharp-pointed hook at the end.


The primary function of a tenaculum forcep is to grasp and hold tissues, particularly in gynecological procedures. Here are some of its common uses:

  • Stabilizing the cervix and uterus: This is helpful during procedures like insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) or a colposcopy.
  • Grasping and manipulating blood vessels: This is beneficial for controlling bleeding during various surgical procedures.
  • Inserting and removing stitches: The sharp hook can be used to securely grasp sutures for placement or removal.