Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t find the surgical instrument I need on your website?

No problem. There are literally tens of thousands of different surgical instruments in today’s demanding medical market, so it is difficult to have them all in our website’s catalog. Most likely we either have it in our warehouse or can have our factory send it to us in a few weeks time. We also have partnered with many companies who, like us, supply high quality surgical instruments and can source their inventories for immediate delivery. Just submit any item information you have (item number, manufacturer, pattern name, specifications, etc.) to our email and we will quote you a price and lead-time for that item.

How should I care for my instruments during & after surgery?

Instruments should be stored in an appropriate microsurgical instrument tray. During surgery, care should be taken not to touch the tips of the instruments either with gloves, the trolley cover or other instruments, as this might lead to damage or blunting. When not in use, the instruments should be returned to the storage tray where they are protected. Immediately after use, all instruments in the surgical tray should be wiped clean with a sterile, fibre free instrument wipe moistened in demineralised/sterile water. Cannula, suction tubes and other instruments with a lumen should be flushed through immediately after use. Demineralised/sterile water used for flushing should be cool to avoid coagulation of proteinaceous material. Diamond knives require special care.
At the end of surgery, all instruments in the surgical tray should again be wiped clean immediately with a fibre free instrument wipe moistened in demineralised/sterile water. All cannulated instruments must be ultrasonically flushed, or brushed through with an appropriate cleaning brush. Ultrasonic cleaning for 5 – 10 minutes with a neutral pH ultrasonic cleaning solution is recommended for thorough cleaning of almost all ophthalmic instruments. To prevent ion transfer, instruments should be sorted according to their material and type. Titanium and stainless steel should not be mixed in the same ultrasonic cleaning cycle. Instruments must be completely free of moisture before sterilisation.

What is the difference between stainless steel & titanium?

Pharmagic Instruments offers a complete range of both stainless steel and titanium surgical instruments. Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and chromium. The chromium forms a layer on the surface of the steel and it is this that provides a resistance to surface corrosion. Generally speaking, increasing the amount of chromium increases the resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel also contains carbon, silicon and manganese in varying amounts, and may have other elements added to alter its behaviour (e.g. make it more malleable or increase its resistance to corrosion). Traditional stainless steel is incredibly hard, strong and durable, as well as resistant to rust. It is particularly suited to the manufacture of scissors, where the stainless steel material used has a higher carbon content so that it stays sharper longer and may be re-sharpened. Pharmagic Instruments stainless steel complies to all standards and regulations. 

Titanium (Ti) is a lustrous transition metal with a silver colour, low density and high strength. It is highly-resistant to corrosion, even in sea water. Titanium is totally inert, eliminating rust and flakes, and is extremely strong, durable, non-magnetic, non-reflective and lightweight. Pharmagic Instruments titanium complies to all standards and regulations. Care should be taken to keep stainless steel instruments away from any magnetic source, as they may become ‘magnetised’. This can, for example, make suturing difficult, as the stainless steel suture needle is attracted to the instrument and it becomes difficult to let go of it. For this reason, many surgeons prefer to use titanium needle holders and suture tying forceps.