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Self Retaining Retractors


A single pointed retractor which may be sharp or blunt. Two Gelpie's placed at right angles within a small soft tissue incision allow excellent exposure.


Wheatlander's retractors have 2 teeth on one side and 3 on the other.


Henderson's retractors are larger and have 3 teeth on one side and 4 on the other.


Travis' retractors are larger again and have 4 teeth on one side and 5 on the other. The length of the teeth is variable.


Keon-Cohen retractors have a hinged articulation in the main arm. They have 3 teeth on one side and 4 on the other.


The Balfour-Doyen retractor is a standard laparotomy wound retractor. A third arm is able to be attached to the cross piece to allow abdominal wall retraction in 3 directions.


A spring loaded retractor in different sizes.


A fixed table based retractor that allows excellent retraction and exposure with little effort. In the top photograph the frame can be seen with a vertical post that clamps to the side rail of the operating table. A cross-bar and whishbones are then postioned around the incision. In the lower photograph the retractors and clamps can be seen. The retractors are available in different configurations (renal vein, sweetheart, body wall, fence) and are fixed to the frame using the clamps seen in the photo.