Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Collection
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Bipolar electrosurgical Palmer's forceps is a rod shape with a semi- opaque white plastic sheathed rod containing metal wires with a pair of unsheathed pincer ends protruding; the handle is in the shape of two finger rings on both sides and one at the end; a pair of electrical connecting rods are …
Bipolar electrosurgical Palmer's forceps is a rod shape with a semi- opaque white plastic sheathed rod containing metal wires with a pair of unsheathed pincer ends protruding; the handle is in the shape of two finger rings on both sides and one at the end; a pair of electrical connecting rods are above the finger rings; without manufacturer's marks.
Number Of Parts
Designed and prototype used by Dr. Jacques-Emile Rioux, MD, MPH, FACOG.; part of the SOGC historical collection.
Date of this prototype was provided by the designer, Dr. Rioux.
metal: silver, yellow
Storage Room 0010
Length 31.5 cm x Width 7.0 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Shows some wear around edges.
"Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada," Oct. 2006, pp 909-12; both hard copy and from journal Web site; "Electrical Considerations of Laparoscopic Sterilization" in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Oct. 1973, Vol. II No. 4; CD #2
First bipolar electrosurgical forceps prototype designed by Canadian Dr. Rioux, who is acknowledged as the first doctor to bring this technique to Canada. Rioux trained at Laval, Quebec and at Johns Hopkins, US also in Paris, France under Dr. Raoul Palmer (1967-68) who used only unipolar electrosurgical forceps in endoscopic surgeries / laparoscopies. Rioux performed the first of these at Johns Hopkins in 1968. Instrument is used for OB/GYN laparoscopic surgeries such as an electrocoagulation of the tubes for sterilization, where a pure coagulating current was applied and burned the tube, instead of previously burning through other areas. Several research articles concerning this Canadian invention by Dr. Rioux, and on the designer are located in the donor file.
S.O.G.C. Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario exhibit "Safe Laparoscopic Tubal Sterilisation: A Made-in-Canada Solution"--May 28, 2008 - May 30, 2010