Technical note| Volume 50, ISSUE 7, e113-e114, October 2012

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A “star” retractor in head and neck surgery

Published:January 12, 2012DOI:
      The Lone Star Retractor™ (Lone Star Medical Products, Stafford, UK) has its origins in anorectal surgery as a specially designed, single use retractor ring using elastic stays that provide optimal exposure while taking up the minimum of room. The specially designed stays come in a number of different ergonomic designs including a “rake”, “blunt hook”, and “sharp hook” (Fig. 1). They were designed for the friable anal mucosa and are gentle enough to use in the head and neck.


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