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Retractors, Surgical, Abdominal Wall, Self-Retained

Definition : Abdominal wall surgical retractors designed with a mechanism that retains its position once set (i.e., self-retained retractors). These retractors usually include a very sturdy mechanism with blunt distal blades that are deep enough to hold back all the tissues from the skin to the peritoneum. The opening mechanisms ensure that the blades remain parallel to one another as they move apart. Self-retained abdominal retractors are provided in a great variety of shapes and mechanisms according to the tissue and/or abdominal structure or organ to be exposed; dedicated self-retained retractors are available for particular abdominal structures and/or organs (e.g., liver, appendix).

Entry Terms : "Self-Retained Retractors"

UMDC code : 28443

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