Gastro-intestinal bobbins, United Kingdom, 1880–1920

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Gastro-intestinal bobbins, United Kingdom, 1880–1920. These bobbins would have been used to create a surgical anastomosis, a process by which two sections of hollow organs can be connected together. They were used most commonly during operations on the intestines. The bobbin would be secured by sutures and the gut allowed to heal without narrowing. These bobbins are made from bone with the calcium removed. When the gut had healed the bone was digested. Gastro-intestinal surgery. Surgical bobbin. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: adh3krka.

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