Laparoscopic bowel graspers, otherwise known as bowel forceps, are a form of grasping instrument designed to safely manipulate delicate abdominal tissue during laparoscopic procedures. One of their main functions is to facilitate adequate access to the surgical site by holding bowel tissue clear of the operating field.
Lap grasper features include rotatable shafts, jaws that are atraumatic and fenestrated, flexible and rigid shafts, single-action and double-action jaws, bipolar capabilities, insulation, and multiple prongs. Typically, laparoscopic graspers are used to obtain tissue samples for biopsy.
This is the most commonly used dissecting forceps in laparoscopic surgery. Usually known as a Maryland, some surgeons call it a Crile. It has a fine tip for grabbing a small bit of peritoneum, but a relatively long length allowing it to spread very wide when used for blunt dissection.