gSource, LLC Emerson, NJ USA Founded 1999
gSource is committed to putting the finest instruments into the hands of surgeons and their teams.
Not all instruments are created equal. Adequate for the job is, in reality, inadequate. A better instrument reduces distractions and facilitates operations. A better instrument helps a surgeon perform at his/her best. A better instrument leads to better results. gSource provides better instruments.
- Realistic price
- Verified quality
- On-time delivery
- Large selection and inventory
- Orthopedic and spinal focus
- On-site product development
- German craftsmanship
- Precise U.S. machining
- Superior customer service
- Full satisfaction guarantee
We are more than a source for quality instrumentation. gSource is an advocate for the orthopedic community. We can be relied upon to provide superior instrumentation for spinal and orthopedic procedures, and do so in a time-critical fashion.
Whether crafted from German surgical stainless steel, or machined from U.S. surgical stainless steel, our instruments are recognized by their finely finished surface. They are designed to perform with precise surgical function and are also conceived to be affordable. It is this combination that distinguishes the gSource brand.
Your inquiries will be answered quickly and accurately by knowledgeable professionals. We are committed to being a valuable business partner...and to always provide real return on investment.
The 2012 edition of our reSource catalog contains 3,500 instruments primarily used in orthopedic and spinal procedures. For a quick answer on availability of other patterns, refer to our web cross reference or email/fax us a copy of the instrument or brand-name part number. Please inquire about availability of any instrument not shown in the catalog.
Trusted Supplier to World Leaders
Many world leaders and innovators in orthopedics and spine have found in gSource a trusted and reliable partner. Contact us the next time you require an off-the-shelf or custom instrument.
We will create entirely new instruments in a timely and economical manner. For an accurate quotation and delivery schedule, send us a sample, sketch or drawing.
All standard instruments are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects of material and workmanship. Any instrument proving to be defective will be replaced or the purchase price refunded.
- Tungsten carbide inserts are guaranteed for three years. Replaceable parts, other than springs, are guaranteed for one year. Replaceable springs are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects of material and workmanship.
- This guarantee is void if instruments are altered or not maintained or repaired properly or if they are not used for their intended surgical purpose.
- Any unused instrument may be returned for full credit within 90 days of invoice date.
gSource Verified Quality
Every gSource instrument must pass detailed Quality Assurance (QA) tests before it can be sold.
Instruments are tested for:
- Pattern Consistency
- Critical Dimensions
We perform the following QA tests to ensure that every instrument we sell will perform its function during critical surgical procedures.
All instruments are visually inspected for defects in material and surface finish. They must have a flawless satin finish and be free of excess lubricants and foreign substances.
Critical dimensions are measured with calipers, micrometers, or other specialty gauges and compared to technical drawings or gSource catalog descriptions. To ensure pattern consistency selected instruments are compared to inspection samples.
Our gS logo is a symbol for Verified Quality. This mark is proof of a lifetime guarantee.
gSource instruments are manufactured from stainless steel. Stainless steel, though not truly stainless, is a highly corrosion and rust-resistant material. The metal is extremely strong and durable and has the ability to form protective or “passivation” layers.
While there are more than 80 different types of steel, only a dozen or so are used to make surgical instruments. Steel is chosen according to the desired flexibility, hardness, tensile strength and malleability. Some types can be hardened, others can not. This depends on the carbon content of the steel. Steel is also composed of varying amounts of iron ore and chromium. Stainless steel differs from carbon steel by the amount of chromium present. Unprotected carbon steel rusts readily when exposed to air and moisture. This iron oxide film (the rust) is active and accelerates corrosion by forming more iron oxide. Stainless steels contain sufficient chromium to form a passive film of chromium oxide, which prevents further surface corrosion and blocks corrosion from spreading into the metal's internal structure. Passivation only occurs if the proportion of chromium is high enough.
Most gSource surgical instruments are made from German stainless steel type 1.4021 - equivalent to American steel type 420. This steel is highly corrosion resistant and has excellent longevity when properly maintained.
During the manufacturing process every effort is made to ensure that the instruments are corrosion resistant. However, if not properly maintained, stainless steel can rust and stain, reducing the life of the instrument or rendering it useless. See Instrument Care for more detailed information.
Heat treating makes the instruments hard and enables them to withstand rigorous use. Stainless steel is brought to a very high temperature and then cooled until it has reached the proper hardness. Hardness is measured in units called Rockwell Hardness (HRc). A typical hardness range for needle holders is HRc 40-48. For scissors, the range is HRc 50-58.
Heat treating and steel selection are just two of the more than 80 steps required to produce surgical instruments to gSource standards. We monitor and verify the accuracy of our manufacturing process through frequent audits.
See Making of a Surgical Instrument for some of the steps required.