Inexpensive Self-Retaining Retractor for Minor Surgical Procedures

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

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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
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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