Fairgozzi Surgical is proud to offer its customers premium, German stainless, operating room quality instruments. Fairgozzi partners with reputable, ISO 9001-2008, ISO 13485-2013 certified, experienced instrument manufacturer and forging manufacturers to ensure that all of the products it sells conform to the highest standards in instrumentation.
The most important factor in determining the durability and build-quality of a piece is the material and process used to create the instrument Forging, or the raw material from which all instruments are made. The quality of the raw Forging (or blank) determines the ability of the instrument to withstand repeated use and sterilization without compromising its integrity or finish. The vast majority of Fairgozzi instruments are made with 400-series German stainless steel forgings, which are composed of alloys of an iron ore base with a delicate balance of carbon and chromium. Carbon gives the forging the hardness necessary for surgical applications and the chromium content provides a stainless, anti-corrosive finish. Stainless steel alloy sheets of the appropriate composition are milled into instrument blanks which are forged, die-cast or molded into pieces of varying size and shape. The pieces are then treated with heat to achieve the requisite spring and temper, providing the flexibility to withstand the stresses of repeated use.
Depending on the instrument type, Fairgozzi Surgical instrument forgings are made with either 420 or 440 grade stainless steel. Select items in our general line of instrumentation are made with 300-series steel, as their intended applications do not have the same hardness requirements as those of other instruments (the series of steel for an instrument is selected by an assessment of its intended use and desired malleability in a clinical environment). Both of these steel grades are consistent with those used for premium, operating room quality instruments, which undergo repeated sterilization while resisting corrosion and maintaining strength.
Surgical instruments come in a variety of finishes. The vast majority of Fairgozzi’s patterns come in a satin, or dull, finish, which minimizes the glare that may distract surgeons and hinder visibility. This is the standard finish of most instrumentation used in operating rooms today.
Certain instrument patterns are available and stocked in other finishes, including chrome (highly-polished), titanium (mostly microsurgical instruments) insulated (blue coated for electrosurgery) and ebonized (black coated for laser surgery).
Much of our instrumentation is hand-finished by skilled craftsmen whose families have apprenticed in the art of instrument-making for generations. Working with such experienced craftsmen and established factories ensures that our products conform to the highest quality standards. However, as with any process by hand, slight variations in dimension may occur between the actual product and the specifications contained on the Site. Any such variation will never affect the intended functionality of an instrument.
Fairgozzi ensures that our instruments conform to the best standards of quality, durability and craftsmanship.
Our instruments do not typically ship sterile, as is the case for most operating room quality instrumentation (aside from select items such as surgical blades, which always ship sterile). Typically, cheaper, “floor-grade” instruments are sold sterile, as they are either disposable or can only withstand autoclaving 1-2 times before their service life is over.
Fairgozzi Surgical instruments are unconditionally guaranteed to be free of any defects in materials and/or workmanship when used under normal conditions for their intended surgical purpose. Any Fairgozzi Surgical instrument that is determined to be defective will, at Fairgozzi Surgical’s discretion, be repaired or replaced at no charge. Normal wear and tear and/or instrument misuse are not covered under this manufacturer’s warranty.
The single most important factor for maximizing the service life of a surgical instrument aside from the manufacturing material and process is proper and consistent care and maintenance. For some general guidelines on instrument care, please see the Instrument Care section of the website. Please note that these guidelines are in no way intended to form and do not constitute a comprehensive guide and instruction set for instrument care. For a proper and adequate instruction manual on instrument maintenance, cleaning and care, please refer to one of the many guidebooks available on the market.