Short reports and correspondence| Volume 60, ISSUE 1, P102, January 2007

An alternative device for illuminated retraction in augmentation mammaplasty

Published:August 10, 2006DOI:
      A standard disposable sterile laryngoscope blade may be attached to a handle covered by a sterile glove which is secured using steristrips. As such it may act as a useful alternative to a lit retractor for illumination in breast augmentation surgery (Fig. 1). It proves more lightweight and less cumbersome than the lit retractor connected to fibre optic cabling; in addition, it provides a useful readily available option in the case of equipment malfunction or accidental perioperative desterilisation. We have found that the handling of this device superior to the lit retractor, and its lighting capability as good. The equipment may be prepared rapidly and without difficulty.
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      Figure 1The assembled device as an illuminating retractor to aid in breast pocket dissection and haemostasis.


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