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How to assemble a Thompson Retractor for midline transabdominal retroperitoneal surgery

Video

The patient presented with a large right renal mass who elected for right radical nephrectomy with possible inferior vena cava.

In this educational video, physicians from the Urology Department in the University of Kansas Health System demonstrate how to assemble a Thompson Retractor for midline transabdominal retroperitoneal surgery in a 68-year-old patient who presented with a large right renal mass and elected to receive right radical nephrectomy with possible inferior vena cava resection.

Transcript

In this video, we will discuss the importance of knowing how to properly assemble a Thompson surgical retractor before entering the operating room. As medical students and surgical residents, it's crucial to have a strong understanding of all surgical instruments, including retractors. The Thompson retractor is commonly used in various surgical procedures and is an essential tool for exposure of tissues.

A well-assembled retractor ensures that it functions as intended and minimizes the risk of injury to the patient. Additionally, perhaps underappreciated, being able to quickly and efficiently assemble a Thompson retractor can save valuable time during a surgery and improve overall surgical efficiency.

We will provide step-by-step instructions on how to properly assemble a Thompson retractor, including the placement of blades and handles. By the end of this video, it is our hope that you have a better understanding of the importance of knowing how to assemble a Thompson retractor and the impact it has on patient safety and surgical outcomes. So, let's get started and learn how to master this essential surgical tool.

Remember, patient safety should always be the top priority in the operating room and knowing how to properly use and assemble surgical instruments like the Thompson retractor is an important aspect of ensuring safe and successful surgeries.

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