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BACKGROUND: Ring retractors, such as the Alexis® wound retractor, are simple devices used in a wide range of surgical settings to provide atraumatic exposure while protecting wound edges. METHODS: Here, we describe the application of the Alexis® to provide access during transoral robotic surgery (TORS). CONCLUSION: Its ease of application and many benefits, including maximization of intraoral space and protection of perioral soft tissues, make this device an excellent adjunct for TORS procedures.

Original publication




Journal article


Head Neck

Publication Date





2132 - 2134


Alexis, Mobius, ring retractor, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), Humans, Mouth, Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgical Procedures, Surgical Instruments