Sponge holding forceps are usually made in the shape of a scissor. The jaws of these forceps can either be serrated or they may be smooth. The handles are ratcheted as well as looped. Sponge holding forceps can either be curved or they may be straight; the shape is different for each individual purpose for which they may be used.
There are many non surgical procedures in which sponge holding forceps may be used. These instruments come in handy when an exam may be performed as they help in holding back the bladder and the cervix during the exam. Sponge holding forceps can also be used as a clamp to stop excessive bleeding.