Forceps that are used to grasp and manipulate tissues vary in their design dependent on the type of tissue they are intended for. As with all instruments inappropraite use may lead to damage to tissues or to the instruments.
Artery forceps are primarily use as haemostatic forceps to grasp vessels and allow ligation of those vessels. They vary in size for use on fine, delicate vessels to large vascular pedicles. Artery forceps can also be used to grasp tissues, sutures and other prosthetic materials. Care should be taken as they are crushing forspes that can damage delicate structures.