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Shunt Scissors (Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Scissors) VPS

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Shunt Scissors
Shunt scissors are designed to facilitate dissection of a subgaleal pocket during shunt surgery. The standard approach to subgaleal dissection involves using standard scissors to bluntly dissect under the galea. In adult patients the galea can be densely adherent to the underlying skull making it difficult to dissect the space using this blunt dissection technique. Shunt Scissors allow the surgeon to use a semi-sharp dissection technique with a powerful, easy to control hand closing motion. The Shunt Scissors have blades that are angularly offset from the handles, and the outer surface of each blade is sharp. Shunt Scissors are advanced into the subgaleal space with the blades in the closed position (handles spread apart). The surgeon then advances the sharp edge of the blades outward using a hand closing motion. The development, testing and use of Shunt Scissors are described in a paper published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.