Gigli saws — commonly referred to as bone saws — are relatively simple medical instruments that have allowed surgeons to perform amputations for over one hundred years. Comprised of just a few small metal components, this manual hand tool relies on human strength and friction to quickly work through bone and tissue. Because they are traditionally made with stainless steel wire, Gigli saws are one of the many surgical instruments made possible by products from Loos & Co., Inc. Medical Technologies Division.
In their simplest form, Gigli saws are comprised of two handles and an extremely flexible blade. The blade is made with a thin collection of stainless steel wires that are methodically twisted into barbs, thus creating cutting surfaces along all edges and sides. Each end of the blade is then finished with a loop that is engineered to accept a variety of different detachable handles. During amputation, surgeons pull back and forth on each handle, applying varying amounts of pressure and speed to generate sawing motions. The twisted wires simulate a serrated blade with 360 degrees of flexible cutting surface, making quick work of the removal.
Though modern power tools have replaced manual saws as the primary tool for amputation, Gigli saws are still used during detailed procedures where precision and control are particularly pertinent. They allow for smooth, even cutting, especially in small or sensitive areas. In particular, they are still regularly used for limb removal and bone extraction.
Because the quality and performance of the blade are essential to amputation success, Gigli saws rely on wire like that availbale from Loos & Co., Inc. Medical Technologies Division. With a variety of different stainless steel grades, we have the material and expertise required to produce the highest quality wire available in the medical market. Our experience drawing and stranding complex materials, sizes, and tolerances ensures each product is carefully produced to meet each customer’s unique specifications.
To learn all about our 302, 304V, and 316LVM stainless steel wire, visit the materials page in our resource library. For more information about Gigli bone saws and our other common surgical instruments, visit https://www.looscomedtech.com/applications/surgical-instruments/ or contact us with any questions.