Retractors, Surgical, Multipurpose, Self-Retained

Definition : Multipurpose surgical retractors designed to temporarily separate and/or hold back the edge of incisions performed in one of many different anatomic structures, exposing and providing access to other tissues, organs, or structures during surgical procedures that permit self-retention once they are set. These retractors usually consist of manual instruments including two blades at the distal end with cross-action that joint join together at the proximal end and include a locking mechanism (known as ratchet catch) that provides self-retention; some self-retained retractors include blades mounted on a rigid frame that provides self-retention. Dedicated self-retained surgical retractors are available for particular anatomic structures (e.g., skin edges, abdominal and thoracic wounds) or surgical procedures such as plastic, cardiothoracic, and orthopedic surgery.

Entry Terms : "Retractors, Self-Retaining Operating" , "Self-Retained Retractors"

UMDC code : 13390

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