The Foerster Sponge Forceps are used to hold swabs or sponges for mopping up the site. This involves a scissor-type operation with ratcheted handles. The blades are loops with serrated opposing faces and the forcep may be straight or, for better visibility of the site, curved. Many doctors prefer to use these forceps because they help minimize damage during surgery. Sponge forceps enable a physician to hold and move tissue very precisely and gently. They are also helpful in preventing trauma.