Retractors & Spreaders Hold the Operation Field Open
Retractors and spreaders are instruments that are used to create access to and hold the surgical area open during invasive surgery, e.g., plastic surgery or thoracic surgery. While hooks are instruments that must be held actively or via a retractor system during surgery, spreaders are equipped with a locking mechanism, which holds the area open without outside assistance.
Sharp & Blunt Retractors Based on Tissue Type
Retractors with sharp prongs, such as the Volkmann Retractor - Sharp, can be used on non-sensitive tissues during surgery. The sharp and curved prongs of this medical device provide a secure grip and the Volkmann retractor is available in various sizes (with one to six prongs) depending on the size of the surgical wound.
These surgical instruments ensure an optimal hold at the surgical site but can lead to trauma to the tissue due to the pointed ends. Therefore, blunt retractors are used for holding sensitive tissue or tissue with high blood flow.
Due to its convenient locking mechanism, the Weitlaner Retractor - Blunt is particularly popular for use during surgery. The self-retaining retractor is quickly and safely fixed in place for hands-free operation. Moreover, the atraumatic Volkmann Retractor with blunt prongs stands out due to its wide grip that provides a perfect hold during surgical procedures.
Retractors & Spreaders as Single-Use Instruments
Surgery retractors and spreaders are not only available as reusable surgical instruments, but also as single-use surgical instruments. They are clearly labelled as disposable surgical instruments and reduce the risk of cross-contamination during surgery. Moreover, the surgical steel instruments are very economical as there are no additional costs for reprocessing.
In this surgical category, you will find the Kilner Surgical Retractor, which combines two medical retractors in one. On one end, the double-ended instrument has a Langenbeck retractor and on the other end, there is a rake retractor. As a result, the surgical instrument is suitable for use on both sensitive and less sensitive tissue during surgery.
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