Definition : Approximators designed to temporarily bring the edges of a skin wound into proximity or contact with one another during surgical procedures; they are manufactured with nonconventional shapes or components. These manual, handheld instruments may consist of two hinged sections with free ends that move toward and away from each other. The free ends have barbed arms that are inserted into the skin at opposite sides of a wound; the hinged arms pivot during movement of the sections toward each other. The pivoting movement causes skin edges extending along the wound to become everted before they move into abutment with one another. Other dedicated skin approximators consist of a set of clips mounted on a fixed rod. Skin approximators are used during surgical procedures to bring together the edges of a skin wound for suturing; they are not intended for use for permanent wound closure.
Entry Terms : "Skin Approximators, Surgical"
UMDC code : 20980