Inexpensive Self-Retaining Retractor for Minor Surgical Procedures

Carl B. Pearl, Arturo Aguillon, Emily McLaughlin, Jack C Yu

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Abstract

The need for adequate surgical exposure frequently leads to the use of hand-held retractors, tying up operating room personnel and depriving the assistant a direct view of the procedure. Self-retaining retractors are a great help because they assist in obtaining and maintaining the exposure needed for surgery. Traditional self-retaining retractors often have sharp tips that are capable of damaging tissue. Our self-retaining ring retractor uses material already present in the sterile field and can be constructed in less than 3 minutes. It is efficient, easy to use, and exerts a known and finite amount of force, thereby avoiding tissue damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-635
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

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Inexpensive Self-Retaining Retractor for Minor Surgical Procedures. / Pearl, Carl B.; Aguillon, Arturo; McLaughlin, Emily; Yu, Jack C.

In: Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol. 51, No. 6, 01.12.2003, p. 633-635.

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Pearl, Carl B. ; Aguillon, Arturo ; McLaughlin, Emily ; Yu, Jack C. / Inexpensive Self-Retaining Retractor for Minor Surgical Procedures. In: Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2003 ; Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 633-635.
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