Use of the self-retaining Alexis ring retractor in transoral robotic surgery.
Perenyei M., Dobbs TD., Fraser LR., Winter SC.
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.