Gelpi retractor | definition of Gelpi retractor by Medical dictionary
a self-retaining, small spreader suitable for small sites such as for perineal surgery in dogs or laryngotomy in horses. Two blades, hinged in the middle, separate as the handles are closed and are held open by a rachet. The blades turn down at right angles at their tips, and are bowed towards each other so that they push the edges of the incision apart and retain themselves in it.
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I use the Gelpi retractor
for repair of every fourth-degree laceration.
A modified Gelpi retractor is then used to retract the anterior and posterior rotator cuff, thus widening the exposure through the rotator interval.
The arm is again adducted and extended, and the modified Gelpi retractor is used to retract the margins of the rotator interval.