self-retaining retractor


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self-retaining retractor

A surgical retractor that can be clamped into position to hold tissues away from the operative field without constant use of the hands.
See also: retractor
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Physicians can try to avoid surgical nerve injuries by using well-padded tables, repositioning patients' extremities and self-retaining retractors during prolonged operations, and taking pains to avoid putting patients in positions of extreme flexion, abduction, or external rotation.