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Novel, Low-Cost Single Use Retractor

In minimally invasive surgeries, retractors are used to hold back soft tissue to reveal the operative site, allowing a clear working space and sightline for the camera. Current standard retractors have several fine metallic blades which open like a fan. As well as being expensive, these fan retractors can inadvertently cause penetration and laceration injuries to soft tissue causing significant complications. Gaps exist between the blades; hence force is not applied evenly across the retracted organ causing large pressures to be applied at contact points. This can damage the organ, stop blood flow, and permanently compromise function. In addition, current instruments lack the required flexibility to work effectively through abdominal or thoracoscopic ports of different diameters.
NHS Highland clinicians have designed a novel, low cost, single use retractor which minimises the potential of tissue damage during laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures. This new retractor design is compatible with any sized port.

The retractor is manufactured in plastic and incorporates a novel design in retractor head folding mechanics along with an innovative feature across the tissue contact surface.

The novel retractor is designed for use in any laparoscopic or thoracoscopic procedure including the following:

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy 
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication 
Laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hernia 
Laparoscopic management of Achalasia 
Laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal stroma tumours
Laparoscopic gastrectomy/ oesophagogastrectomy
Laparoscopic bile duct exploration
Laparoscopic gynaecological procedures 
Laparoscopic pyeloplasty
Laparoscopic nephrectomies
Laparoscopic liver resection
Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy
Laparoscopic splenectomy
Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
Laparoscopic gastric bypass
Revisional bariatric surgery
Revisional surgery after failed antireflux procedures
Laparoscopic colectomy
Laparoscopic paediatric surgeries
Thoracoscopic procedures
Innovative design Supports soft tissue during retraction and prevents any damage.

Plastic Reduces cost and encourages disposal of contaminated retractor.

Flexible sizing Compatible with all sizes of ports.

Universal shaft Compatible with all camera/retractor holders.
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