One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A surgical instrument for cutting bone, typically resembling a chisel.
- ‘The surgeon uses an osteotome and mallet together with curettes under direct vision in the proximal canal.’
- ‘The rhinoplasty technique was tailored to suit each case, and included hump removal using scalpel and osteotomes.’
- ‘With attention now focused on the femur, the surgeon inserts a hollow, box osteotome in the femoral canal to create a pilot hole for femoral reaming instrumentation.’
- ‘Second, the surgeon uses straight and curved osteotomes to cut the bone parallel to the acetabulum's posterior column.’
- ‘After making the cuts with the oscillating saw blade, the surgeon uses 1 / 4inch and 3/8-inch curved osteotomes to gently lift the bone plugs.’
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