Retractor in retractor technique

Cetin L., Temiz E. , Kuralay E.

Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, vol.35, no.2, pp.264-265, 2019 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12055-019-00799-x
  • Title of Journal : Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Page Numbers: pp.264-265
  • Keywords: Retractor, Short neck, Off-pump


© 2019, Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons.Placing retractor and stabilization devices during open heart surgery can be difficult in obese patients due to extremely short neck and excessive breast tissue. Off-pump coronary bypass operations in these patients can be particularly technically demanding. To overcome this difficulty, we have used two retractors concomitantly. The first retractor is placed to the edges of sternum and the second one is placed into this first retractor. This maneuver ensures an extra height, and placing stabilization devices in this second retractor is relatively easy. Thus, we suggest that adding this maneuver will facilitate off-pump coronary bypass operations.